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ETEC Meeting: Karl Dean, Candidate for TN Governor
September 28 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Former Nashville Mayor
Candidate for Governor
Karl Dean is an attorney and politician from the state of Tennessee. Sworn in on September 21, 2007, he served as the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. In 2017, Dean declared his candidacy for Governor of Tennessee in the 2018 election.
He served as mayor of Nashville from 2007 to 2015. His campaign message focused on improving education, public safety, and economic development saying “it’s all connected.”
During Dean’s first year in office, he reworked the arrangement between Metro and the Nashville Predators in order to keep the team in Nashville. During Dean’s first term, he faced two major challenges: the Great Recession and the 2010 Tennessee floods. During his two terms in office, Dean transformed downtown Nashville by adding a new minor league baseball stadium, a riverfront amphitheater and park, and a new convention center dubbed the Music City Center.
From 1999 to January 9, 2007, Dean served as Nashville’s Director of Law under Mayor Bill Purcell. In 1990, 1994, and 1998, he was elected the city’s public defender.
Dean is also involved in conservationist efforts of historical areas such as Music Row through his involvement with Music Industry Coalition. He helped preserve historic sites such as RCA Studio A.
Dean is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University in 1978 and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1981.