Associated Press ,NASHVILLE, Tenn. —...Dean has been traveling the state and taking its measure in recent months. ... Dean said he will decide whether to become a gubernatorial candidate
in the first quarter of 2017. He said the early start of a bid to
succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam would be necessary to
overcome the fundraising and organizational challenges Democratic
candidates face in Tennessee.
Dean acknowledged that a successful gubernatorial bid would have to attract a large number of Republican voters. ...
Longtime Democratic operative Will Pinkston, ... said Dean’s policies were at odds with public school families in Nashville.
“He fundamentally did not understand public education and, as a result, Nashville saw eight years of turmoil in our school system,” Pinkston said.
Dean is unapologetic about his pro-charter position, which he said is in line with other big city mayors and with President Barack Obama. “The important message for me is that charter schools are public schools,” he said. “It’s a different way of management, it’s a way that gives parents more choices and has produced very positive results in Nashville.”
“I don’t regret my support for charter schools and I think it’s consistent with being a good Democrat, and in line with some very, very good Democrats,” he said. (read it all)