Dean, Lee outline priorities for Tennessee governor race

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee voters will elect a new governor Tuesday, ushering in a new administration with new priorities.

If elected, Republican Bill Lee says he’ll tackle vocational education, criminal justice reforms and job creation but has offered few details on specific policies he wants to see passed within his first legislative session.

Lee, owner of Franklin-based Lee Company, is running for political office for the first time.

Likewise, Democrat Karl Dean promises to hit the ground running on expanding the state’s Medicaid program even though he’ll all assuredly face a Republican-dominant Legislature that has previously resisted such efforts.

Dean, a former Nashville mayor, says he’s undaunted by the challenge because he has experience in public service and a willingness to compromise.

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