Lee Campaign volunteer Lisa Gary addresses envelopes inside Lee’s downtown Franklin headquarters.//Photo by Brooke Wanser.
By BROOKE WANSER
Several weeks ago, over 200 people crammed inside gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee’s campaign headquarters in downtown Franklin for an open house meeting.
Volunteers for the Lee Campaign, located in the space recently vacated by Williamson County CASA at 212 East Main Street, moved into the building in January, according to communications advisor Chris Walker.
“We were looking for space for a long time,” Walker said. “It was significant for his headquarters to be near the downtown Franklin community.”
Lee wanted a space near his family farm in Fairview and the Williamson County community he was raised in.
“Downtown Franklin was perfect for what we want to do, it’s good visibility, and we just like the location,” said campaign manager Chris Devaney.
Devaney said they are leasing the property through the duration of the campaign.
Lee is the chairman of Lee Company, a local construction company with offices and operations throughout the region, which employs more than 1,200 people and takes in over $220 million in revenue.
Lee recently announced the formation of a faith-based advisory council of several regional faith leaders, to be led by five local co-chairs; musicians Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith and Ricky Skaggs, professional ice hockey player Mike Fisher and former NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip.
“Faith leaders know that it’s compassion and commitment, not government, that can solve many of the big issues facing our state and our nation,” said Fisher, who recently emerged from retirement to continue playing for the Nashville Predators.
“I’m excited to help Bill in his efforts to help bring members of the faith community in to tackle some of these big problems.”