Rep. David Hawk on speaker run: ‘My style as speaker is going to be more hands on’

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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- State Representative David Hawk has been a local lawmaker for more than a decade, but just this week he announced that he’s now vying for a bigger role in Nasvhille.

Rep. Hawk announced Wednesday that he is hoping to replace current Tennessee Speaker of the House, Beth Harwell. 

Harwell said she would not run again, and most recently was in the running for the republican nomination to become Tennessee’s next governor.

Friday afternoon we sat down with Hawk, who said he would take a more hands on approach if he gets the job.

“Speaker Harwell’s style of leadership was more hands-off…my style as speaker is going to be a little more hands on…I want to be an active participant in finding answers and solutions to the problems we have across the state of Tennessee,” Hawk said.

Hawk said it’s important to him to combat issues that hit close to home, telling us Friday he feels that he can do that by understanding what our region needs and then taking that to Nashville.

“The opioid addiction that we’ve got in Northeast Tennessee is not only a social issue and a health issue, it’s an economic development issue…having a leader of a legislative body in the region is important, we saw the value of having Ron Ramsey (of Blountville) as Lieutenant Governor for a decade, that brings a greater focus to your region of the state,  ” Hawk said.

The republican caucus in Nashville will vote on the candidates for a new Speaker of the House in late Fall, sometime after the November election. 

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