Kay Shamblin, chairperson for the Haslam campaign for Bradley County, said, “We are very excited to have Mayor Haslam coming to Cleveland. He was thrilled to hear that we would be on the Lee University campus.”
According to Ben Jones, a senior political science major, “It is exciting to see political candidates coming to Lee University because it encourages students to become actively involved in acting out their own civic responsibilities.”
Vice President for University Relations Jerome Hammond agreed.
“This visit is a tremendous honor for the university where civic involvement is a valuable part of campus culture,” Hammond said. “We are pleased for our students and our community that Lee has become an important stop for political candidates. We hope our neighbors will take advantage of this opportunity to hear the Republican nominee for governor.”
The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Great Room, the central feature of the new Science & Math Complex at Lee.
The Political Science Department at Lee supports numerous student organizations including the political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha, Model United Nations, College Republicans and College Democrats.
Haslam, a Tennessee native, has served as the mayor of Knoxville for two terms. He was re-elected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote.