State Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) joined State Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) as no-shows at the Rutherford County GOP Reagan Day Dinner in Murfreesboro Thursday night.
Rutherford County GOP Chair Donna Barrett read a letter to the capacity crowd of over 200 from Harwell informing them that she was on her way to Colorado because a family member, her sister, had been injured with a broken back.
Norris had a conflict that required his presence in his home district.
On Wednesday Beavers announced that she had a conflict that would prevent her from attending.
Four announced or expected candidates for governor, however, did show up and were featured speakers.
Randy Boyd and Bill Lee, both announced candidates, and Congresswoman Diane Black, and State Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville), both potential candidates, made their respective cases.
Harwell’s family emergency postponed what was rumored to be the Speaker’s announcement of her candidacy for the GOP nomination for governor. Given the serious nature of her sister’s injuries, it is not clear when Harwell will return to Tennessee and resume her potential campaign for the state’s highest elected executive position.