Board of Commissioners candidate stands by Facebook post of Confederate flag

Kent Harris is standing by his decision to post a picture to his campaign Facebook page of two women holding a confederate flag

Kent Harris, the former Unicoi County Sheriff who is now running for a Washington County, Tenn. Board of Commissioners seat, will not be removing a post to his campaign Facebook page which shows support for two women holding a Confederate flag.

The post received hundreds of comments, mostly critical of Harris' decision to share the picture.

"I want to thank Wanda and Flossie White my cousins for this photo and their support of me throughout the years. Fine people. Proud of their heritage," the post read.

Harris defended the post to WCYB, saying he is proud of his heritage.

"There's not a racist bone in my body," Harris said. "I would be the first to step in if I see anyone mistreating anyone of any race."

Harris says he does not intend to remove the post, claiming the majority of the people who commented words of criticism were from outside Tennessee.

Early voting in Washington County, Tennessee, begins Wednesday.

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