Tennessee’s House Speaker Beth Harwell has thrown her hat into the running for governor. She announced her decision Sunday. “Tennessee needs someone who possesses the experience from day one to lead our state to the next level and who has a steady hand when challenges come our way,” Harwell said. “As Governor, I will lead on jobs, cutting taxes, guaranteeing every child has a great school, and ensuring our Tennessee values are protected. Every Tennessean should have every opportunity to succeed and prosper in our state. That’s why I am running to be Tennessee’s next Governor,” said Harwell in a statement. The announcement has long been expected as Harwell has attended a variety of local political events all over the state in recent months. Harwell joins others such as State Sen. Mae Beavers, former state economic commissioner Randy Boyd, and Franklin businessman Bill Lee as the other candidates who have officially announced they will seek the Republican nomination for governor. Middle Tennessee congressional member Diane Black is also expected to join the race. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is the only Democrat to announce a gubernatorial bid.