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Lee, Dean to debate at UofM in Tennessee governor’s race

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Bill Lee (left) and Karl Dean

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean are slated to face off in three Tennessee governor’s race debates in October.

According to a Lee campaign news release, the debates will be Oct. 2 at the University of Memphis; Oct. 9 at the Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport; and Oct. 12 at a location in Nashville to be determined.

Dean’s campaign wanted to go head-to-head in more than just the three debates.

Lee’s campaign pointed out that the two already shared the same stage during eight forums before their Aug. 2 party primary elections, albeit alongside other candidates.

Lee is chairman of a Franklin mechanical contracting, facilities and home services company. Dean is the former Nashville mayor. They are competing to succeed Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who is hitting term limits.

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