Karl Dean endorses Michael Bloomberg in presidential race

Posted at 4:07 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 17:07:20-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced his endorsement for Michael Bloomberg in the 2020 presidential race.

In the announcement, Dean praised the former Mayor of New York for his his focus on economic empowerment, common-sense gun safety laws, and health care.

"Mike and I overlapped during our tenures as mayors of New York and Nashville and many of his focuses -- domestic violence reduction, healthy cities and financial empowerment zones -- were also part of the fabric of our city,” said Dean. “I worked with Mike when Nashville received a Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to help our low-income residents get out of debt and build assets. I was proud to work with him then and I’m proud to support him for President.

In December, Mike unveiled his health care policy in Memphis, detailing achievable reforms that will deliver better, affordable health care for all Americans. He subsequently spoke in both Nashville and Knoxville to launch field offices.

“I know Mayor Dean and can attest to his ability to unite people with honest and effective leadership. He built a record on many of the same progressive issues as Mike, and got things down for hardworking Tennesseans,” said Courtney Wheeler, Mike Bloomberg 2020 Tennessee State Director. “I am thrilled to have Mayor Dean join us in our effort to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. His experience is invaluable as we engage communities across Tennessee.”

Tennesseans will go to the polls March 3 to vote early in the presidential primary.