Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke on Thursday announced his endorsement for Karl Dean for overnor.
Mr. Dean joined Mayor Berke in downtown Chattanooga for a press conference where the announcement was made. Mayor Berke pointed to their shared experience of being mayors as the reason he’s supporting Mr. Dean’s candidacy.
“Karl Dean’s bold ideas, thoughtful leadership, and common sense approach to solving problems made him an outstanding two-term mayor of Nashville,” Mayor Berke said. “As our next governor, I know that he’ll work harder than anyone to provide more opportunities for more people in our state to get better educations and build better lives. Tennessee deserves a governor who will work for everyone, including the urban neighborhoods and rural communities that are too often forgotten by leaders on Capitol Hill. Karl has proven to us that he’ll fight for Chattanoogans and our neighbors. I’m proud to endorse him today.”
“There’s no Democratic or Republican way to be mayor of a city,” Mr. Dean said. “When you’re mayor, people just want you to work on the things that will make their everyday lives better. I’m honored to receive the support of Mayor Berke—someone who knows first hand what it takes to lead and how to focus on the issues that really matter.”