Tennessee Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Lee on Friday announced four new hires to his campaign team.
The hires are Laine Arnold, Julie Hannah, Kim Kaegi and Joseph Williams, according to a campaign press release. They will help the campaign expand communications, fundraising and grassroots operations for the General Election on Nov. 6. Lee faces Democratic challenger Karl Dean.
“We are thrilled to have all of these talented individuals join the team,” said Campaign Manager Chris Devaney. “We are building on the momentum from our victory in the primary and with these staff additions, we will have the resources and team that will (have) Bill poised to win convincingly in November.”
The Lee Campaign named Arnold as Press Secretary. Previously, Arnold served as the Press Secretary for the Randy Boyd for Governor campaign and the Communications Director for Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. Arnold will manage day-to-day media relations.
In addition to coalition development, Bill’s campaign conducted an expansive and aggressive grassroots campaign in the primary election. To expand on those efforts in the General Election, Hannah, former Chairwoman of the Williamson County Republican Party, is returning to assist in volunteer operations as the Special Projects & Grassroots Coordinator.
Longtime Republican fundraiser Kaegi joins the campaign as a fundraising consultant who brings 30 years of statewide fundraising experience to the team. Kaegi has led successful fundraising efforts for multiple campaigns, including Gov. Bill Haslam’s campaign and re-election bid.
Coming off his impressive campaign for State House District 56 this year, constitutional lawyer, former educator with Teach for America, and education advocate Williams is joining the campaign as the Director of Coalitions. Williams will lead coalition-building efforts and expand on Lee’s existing coalitions on issues such as veterans, business leaders and political leaders.
The “Believe in Tennessee Tour” will bring Lee to talk to voters and highlight his policies and belief that he is the right leader to keep Tennessee going in the right direction, his campaign said in a press release.
Lee is chairman of Lee Co., a family-owned construction, facilities, and home services company with offices and operations throughout Middle Tennessee, Northern Alabama, and Southern Kentucky. Le is active in Triple L Ranch, a fourth-generation family farm.
Lee’s website is BillLee.com.