Karl Dean for Governor Announces Additional Staff, Memphis Campaign Office

Karl Dean for Governor Announces Additional Staff, Memphis Campaign Office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 9, 2017) –  Karl Dean for Governor is ramping up its organizational capacity and preparing to open a second campaign office later this fall in Memphis, as Dean continues to talk “Jobs and Family Across Tennessee.”

Today, Karl Dean for Governor announced additional staff who have joined the Dean team since the campaign first announced staff hires this spring:

  • Political Director: Danny Glover joins the campaign this week after recently having served as the National Outreach Director to Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Glover has previously managed four races in Tennessee and was student body president at Tennessee State University from 2010-2011. Glover will be based in Memphis.
  • Communications Director: Sophie Friedman joined the campaign in August, and has worked as an advance lead for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and communications staffer in the U.S. Senate.
  • Finance Director: Wilson County native Nicole Dorris also joined the campaign in August and brings a decade of fundraising experience back to Tennessee, having led fundraising teams on Congressional and state campaigns across the country.

Karl Dean for Governor has also tapped veteran campaign fundraising consultant Cathy Thomas and Finance Assistant Ariba Qureshi. Colby Woodis continues in his role as Special Assistant. Janel Lacy, a long-time Dean aide, will remain serving in her role as senior communications consultant.

“Anne and I are excited to announce the growth of our team as we build on the momentum of the past six months and look ahead to expanding our campaign reach this year and into early 2018,” Dean said.

“Traveling to now 68 counties and counting, it’s evident people are concerned about three primary things: where they can find good jobs, public schools, and access to affordable health care for their families. People want pragmatic approaches to our shared problems, not partisan politics, which is why I’m proud to say we have remained focused on talking about solutions to support Tennessee jobs and families.”

The first six months of Dean’s candidacy have built a strong foundation for the campaign moving forward. During the first half of this year, Dean was able to raise the largest one-time haul of any Democratic candidate in Tennessee in a decade. More recently, Dean has led a two-month, statewide “Talking Jobs and Family Across Tennessee” tour to highlight the issues he believes matter most to Tennessee families: good jobs, public schools, and healthcare.

In addition, Dean has received public endorsements from former Congressman Lincoln Davis and Road Sprinkler Fitters Local Union No. 669 in recent weeks.


About Karl Dean 

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 www.karldean.com or by following Karl Dean on Twitter and Facebook.

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