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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee visits MJ

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee spent some hours in Mt. Juliet Monday night to meet local supporters.

The Mt. Juliet Republican Women hosted Lee and his wife Maria at their meeting at Courtney's restaurant.

There were about 30 people in attendance, along with State Rep. Susan Lynn. They first had a Dutch dinner and then got to know the candidate for governor a little better.

Lee was raised on a farm in Franklin, Tenn. and in 1981 joined Lee Company that was founded by his grandfather in 1944.

He became president of Lee Company in 1992 and under his leadership the company grew to become a "comprehensive facilities solutions and home service company employing 1,150 people and earning $225 million in annual revenue."

According to his website, Lee Company was named one of Tennessee's top five "Best Companies to Work For," in 2006 and 2007 and 2014. The Nashville Business Journal recognized Lee as the "Most Admired CEO" in 2015.

Lee currently serves on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Board of Trustees for Belmont University, is the president of Tennesseans for Economic Growth, among others.

During his visit, Lee talked about chief concerns related to jobs and skilled labor and his huge support of technical schools. He also said he wanted to improve the recidivism (the number of people returning to prison within three years of being released) rate in Tennessee.

Lee indicated he has the experience and skills to identify current important issues and the ability to bring those issues to the legislature.

Another huge concern for Lee is the opioid epidemic.

Other personal interests include hunting and fishing on his farm in Franklin, where he lives with his wife. Involvement in faith-based ministries has led him to places like Africa, Central America, Haiti, and most recently Iraq, to serve people in need of assistance. Lee has four children: Jessica (Lee) Stowell, 30; twin sons Jacob and Caleb, 26; and Sarah Kate, 21; and two grandchildren. He attends Grace Chapel Church in Franklin.

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