State Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) will not attend an event tonight (Thursday) where six other announced and expected Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidates will be speaking.
The event, the Rutherford County GOP Reagan Day Dinner, will be held at the Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro at 7 p.m. Beavers had previously been listed as a speaker.
Beavers told The Tennessee Star she has a conflict in her schedule and is unable to attend. She hasn’t formally announced an intention to run in the 2018 race but said Wednesday she is still considering it.
“We’re still 18 months out,” she said.
Beavers said people across the state are encouraging her to run and have offered to help her campaign. She is liked by conservative Republicans who value her fiscal and social conservatism.
Those still scheduled to participate in Thursday’s debate include businessmen Randy Boyd and Bill Lee, Congresswoman Diane Black, State Senators Mark Green (R-Clarksville) and Mark Norris (R-Collierville), and Speaker of the State House of Representatives Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).
Boyd and Lee are the only ones who have officially announced an intention to run.
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