Council Delegates Vote Unanimously to Back Mayor Dean for Governor

Michael Boner, Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council said: “We are excited to support Mayor Dean’s campaign for governor. We believe Mayor Dean will be a voice for Tennessee’s hardworking families and succeed in expanding apprenticeship programs that provide critical opportunities for young adults.”

Dean’s gubernatorial campaign has presented a policy platform that promises to expand access to vocational training programs across Tennessee and align them with the industries and jobs that are growing in the state. Additionally, Dean has pledged to establish a labor liaison role in his administration if elected.

“Tennesseans who do not go to college need to have an alternative career path that will provide for them and their families in today’s economy,” Dean said. “The carpenters already have one of the best apprenticeship training programs in place. As governor, I will work with the carpenters and others to increase the number and scope of apprenticeship programs available to individuals across Tennessee looking to make a sustainable living and build a career.” 

“I am grateful for the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council’s vote of confidence in our campaign’s ideals and beliefs, and I look forward to working with them and other members of the labor community in the future.” 

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 or by following Karl Dean on Twitter and Facebook.