Karl Dean for Governor Opens Memphis Office

Karl Dean for Governor Opens Memphis Office

Announces Memphis-Shelby County Steering Committee;

Commits to Making Economic Development in Memphis a Top Priority

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 16) — Today, Karl Dean for Governor opened its Memphis office, located at 3175 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111, announced members of the campaign’s Memphis-Shelby County Steering Committee, and committed to making economic development in Memphis a top priority.

Calvin Anderson, Karl Dean for Governor Treasurer said: “We are organizing in Memphis earlier and more aggressively than any gubernatorial campaign in recent history. Karl Dean has committed himself to building meaningful relationships with Memphis community leaders to discuss in detail the unique issues Memphis faces, and the great strengths the city and its people possess.”

The Karl Dean for Governor Memphis-Shelby County Steering Committee founding members are included in the list below. The initial committee list will be updated as the campaign continues to build grassroots support in the Memphis-Shelby area.

  • Councilman Edmund Ford Jr.
  • Councilman Martavius Jones
  • Commissioner Van Turner
  • Commissioner Reginald Milton
  • Commissioner Anthony Tate
  • Alderman Frankie Dakin
  • Board Member Teresa Jones
  • Pastor LaSimba Gray
  • Bishop Ed Stephens Jr.
  • President Alandas Dobbins
  • VP of Real Estate Alex Turley
  • Financial Analyst Austin Brown
  • CEO Brandon Harris
  • Former Sr. VP Calvin Anderson
  • President & CEO Charles Ewing
  • Director of Finance & Operations David Burke
  • Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Ed Stephens III
  • Infrastructure Sales Engineer Dwayne Woods
  • Educator Erika Sugarmon
  • CEO Henry Turley
  • Office Coordinator, Division Thoracic Surgery Kelly Brown
  • Community Advocate Kemba Ford
  • President Paul Morris
  • Asst. Store Manager Rayvon Joseph
  • Executive Director Regina Whitley
  • Educator Sam Brobeck
  • Sr. Customer Engineer Shaun Wilson
  • Logistics Management Specialist Sidney Johnson
  • Community Advocate Stanley Wilson
  • Diversity & Inclusion Consultant Sylvia Wilson
  • Management Consultant Thurston Smith
  • Business Owner Ward Archer

The Memphis office and steering committee marks Dean’s commitment to prioritizing Shelby County both during the campaign and while serving as governor.“I truly believe Memphis has the necessary ingredients to bring about an economic boom in the future. The city has the transportation infrastructure, the advanced research and medical facilities, and a rich culture of music, art, and sports. All combined, these assets should make the city extremely attractive to tourists, out-of-town investors and businesses looking to grow,” Dean said.“As governor, I will work to provide Memphis with its fair share of state economic development resources to capitalize on these and other strengths. Recognizing the high level of urban poverty, I will work with local leaders to make available needed jobs and training.”

As Governor of Tennessee, Dean will make it a priority to bolster Memphis’ private sector, believing that a private sector job is more effective than a government handout by:

  • Prioritizing state economic development resources to recruit businesses to underdeveloped areas including the Memphis Regional Megasite.
  • Mirroring procurement nondiscrimination programs Dean instituted as mayor that support minority- and women-owned businesses.
  • Promoting the city’s:
    • Transportation assets, including proximity to the Mississippi River, FedEx headquarters, and freight tracks to businesses looking to relocate.
    • Attractions, such as museums, parks, pedestrian streets, entertainment venues and sports complexes to attract tourists, and improve residents’ quality of life.
    • Universities, and world-class medical research institutions to attract more students, and professionals with advanced degrees.

Dean will also lobby for bipartisan support from the State Legislature for funding to solve the Memphis Regional Megasite’s wastewater issues and address the project’s further needs. Dean will seek input from local leaders, working hand-in-hand with them to make sure that companies select the Memphis Regional Megasite as their home in the future.Members of the public interested in attending the office opening celebration at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Nov. 16, should email their RSVP to info@karldean.com.


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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