For the next 10 weeks, Metro Councilman and mayoral candidate Michael Craddock will campaign wearing a cast.
Craddock, Mayor Karl Dean’s lone challenger, is set to undergo emergency surgery on his Achilles tendon on Wednesday, according to a news release sent by his election team. Craddock originally sustained the injury while cutting a fallen tree from his garage.
“I will use the opportunity wisely in spite of the limitation and keep on campaigning for mayor,” Craddock said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Craddock was hobbled after surgery, forcing him to use a scooter-like device to move.
Despite the injury, Craddock didn't break his eight-year streak of attendance at council meetings. Councilman Mike Jameson, a progressive who’s often disagreed with his conservative colleague, honored Craddock after he completed his 200th consecutive meeting.
Craddock is staring at an enormous financial disadvantage to unseat Dean, who is considered a heavy favorite to reach a second term. Election Day is Aug. 4.