Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean traveled to Chattanooga and Memphis last week to talk to leaders in both cities as he explores a Democratic run for higher office, including a possible bid for governor.
In an interview with The Tennessean, Dean characterized these trips — and visits to other cities on the horizon — as educational and part of the process to determine whether to run for office in 2018 when two statewide seats are up for grabs.
He declined to say specifically whom he met with in Chattanooga and Memphis, calling them a “broad range of people.”
“I think for this calendar year, it’s a time for me to see whether I have something to contribute,” Dean said of a possible run for state higher office. “It’s an opportunity for me to learn more about the state and it’s also an opportunity, frankly, to see whether something like that is doable.That’s really all I’m doing.
Photo: Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commissioners: Joni McReynolds, Ryan French, Barbra Arp and Taylor Rayfield with Karl Dean at the Chamber of Commerce 20-20 event. Dean was the keynote speaker for the inaugural event.