Karl Dean to Talk Jobs and Family In Sumner, Hamilton, Monroe Counties This Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn, (Oct. 3, 2017) — Building on the momentum of last week’s campaign events in Knox and Blount Counties, Karl Dean for Governor will host and attend events in Sumner, Hamilton, and Monroe Counties this week, bringing the total number of counties visited by Dean since the campaign began to 66.
This afternoon, Dean will host a teacher roundtable discussion in Gallatin to hear from Sumner County area educators about what they believe the state can do to best support public education.
On Thursday and Friday, Dean will host a teacher roundtable discussion in Chattanooga, attend a meet and greet hosted by the Monroe County Democrats, and privately tour Chattanooga’s Erlanger Hospital to discuss access to affordable healthcare and the opioid crisis with the hospital’s medical staff.
Last Thursday, Dean told a room of Blount County volunteers: “I believe the decision not to expand Medicaid in 2015 was one of the worst mistakes our state legislature has ever made. Tennesseans in every part of our state have been hurt by it, but especially in our rural communities. After nine hospital closures, Tennessee now ranks No. 2 for hospital closures in the nation — that is unacceptable.
I strongly encourage Governor Haslam and our state legislators to reconsider a path forward and find a bipartisan solution that includes Medicaid expansion. It would have a direct and tangible impact on people’s lives and our state’s economy. In order to recruit jobs, Tennesseans need better access to hospitals and healthcare.”
Last week, Dean also received the endorsement of the Road Sprinkler Fitters U.A. Local Union No. 669 because they believe “Dean will be a strong advocate for the hard-working, blue-collar families of Tennessee.”
During September and October, the statewide campaign launch will include stops in Anderson, Blount, Cheatham, Davidson, Franklin, Gibson, Hamilton, Haywood, Knox, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Putnam, Rutherford, Shelby, and Weakley Counties. All future events and dates will be advised in detail.
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.