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Karl Dean wins Democratic nomination for Governor

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Karl Dean. ​Im​age courtesy of Karl Dean campaign.

NASHVILLE — Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean won the Democratic nomination for governor tonight in an overwhelming victory with close to 80 percent of the vote.

Dean enters the general election with strong momentum, as evidenced by recent finance reports and public polling that showed him in the lead in both fundraising and voter support.

After speaking with his primary opponent by phone, Dean took the stage at an election night party this evening to thank his supporters and highlight the importance of staying focused on the issues that matter to Tennesseans.

"I am honored to be the Democratic nominee for governor, but we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us. The next three months we will be solely focused on listening to voters in all 95 counties,” Dean said.

Dean went on to describe how his pragmatic leadership that brought Nashville into the economic boom it’s experiencing today can be replicated statewide.

“Tennessee’s best days are still ahead of us but to get there we have to focus on the issues that matter: providing a good education for our kids, having good jobs to pay the bills and having access to affordable healthcare when we need it,” Dean said. “These are not Democrat or Republican issues, these are Tennessee issues. And, I believe that if we have the confidence to invest in ourselves we can build a great state the same way we rebuilt a great city.”

Voters interested in learning more about Dean’s track record and campaign positions can do so by visiting his website:

Karl Dean is a democratic candidate running for governor in 2018. Dean served two terms as the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. His administration focused on education, public safety and jobs. As mayor, he led the city of Nashville to unprecedented economic prosperity that it’s experiencing today. He kept taxes low while making significant investments in public infrastructure, paving the way for new economic development in all parts of Davidson County. Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s public defender in 1990, a role he served in for nearly a decade before becoming the city’s law director. After leaving the Mayor’s Office in September 2015, Dean began teaching at Belmont University as a distinguished visiting professor of history and political science. Dean is married to Anne Davis, a Nashville native and attorney. They have three grown children and one granddaughter. More information about Karl Dean for Governor can be found online at or by following Karl Dean on Twitter (@KarlFDean) and Facebook.

Published August 2, 2018

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