Dean wins second term easily, ready to 'get back to work'

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 8:12pm
Photo by Joon Powell for The City Paper

In a race that never was much of a contest, Mayor Karl Dean rolled to a second term, emerging victorious over three no-name candidates by collecting about 80 percent of the vote.

“Let’s get back to work,” Dean told a celebratory crowd of a few hundred gathered at the Adventure Science Center, the site of his election party. “I can’t wait for tomorrow.” 

As of 9:10 p.m., Dean had 36,048 votes of 45,164 cast. James Keeton accumulated 4,614; Marvin Barnes, 2,881; and Bruce Casper; 1,201.

Dean’s re-election catapults him to another four years as the city’s chief executive, though it’s still unclear what major projects he intends to pursue. Dean has talked openly about expanding the city’s mass transit options, but has yet to identify a funding source.

His administration has also commissioned a study to analyze potential sites for a new downtown Nashville Sounds stadium. In addition, music industry leaders have approached Dean about building a new amphitheatre on the 11-acre former thermal plate site. Nonetheless, Dean has said these projects are not necessities.

Addressing the crowd, Dean stuck to the basics, saying he wants Nashville to be the “healthiest city it can be.”   

“When I say healthy, I mean we need to be a city that No. 1 has a healthy, strong education system,” Dean said. “When I say healthy, I mean we need to remain a city that is safe ... And we need to be a city that is economically healthy.”

That message — education, public safety and economic development — formed the framework of his initial campaign four years ago, and ultimately allowed him to coast to his second victory this summer.

But on the same night as Dean’s triumph, preservationists of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds — property Dean unsuccessfully tried to redevelop — scored a win themselves. Davidson County voters approved a charter amendment to keep the status quo at the fairgrounds by a 69-31 percent margin. To demolish the property’s facilities and pursue redevelopment, 27 council votes would be required.

“That was expected,” Dean said. “I think all that means is that if something is going to be done there, it takes 27 votes. I think from the experience we all went through earlier this year, that sort of consensus would be necessary.

“I have absolutely no plans for the fairgrounds right now,” he said. “The council said it wants to do long-range planning. We’ll just see what happens.” 


12 Comments on this post:

By: grassyknoll on 8/4/11 at 6:23

Perhaps this should be in "rout" instead of "in route". Good grief. Where is the "no headline writer left behind" program?

By: slzy on 8/4/11 at 9:38

has dean ever done an honest days "work" in his life?

By: ds on 8/4/11 at 11:39

Thank you Karl Dean for trying to make this city a better place.

By: frodo on 8/5/11 at 5:33

Now comes the tax increase proposal.

By: gdiafante on 8/5/11 at 6:00

This is the least surprising election result I can remember.

By: MusicCity615 on 8/5/11 at 7:05

Thank you Karl Dean for making this city a better place

By: RJP on 8/5/11 at 8:09

rjp Mayor Dean thank you and your council ,new and old for hearing what the people are asking for in this great city. Voted for you and for the fairgrounds and heard what you had to say this morning on the news.WE are number three for the best city,Looking forward to helping make US number ONE!

By: Nitzche on 8/5/11 at 8:14

its all about the kids-education=huge tax increases

By: bfra on 8/5/11 at 9:48

Only time Karl got interested in kids & education, was just before the election! 6.5 million to a British co. for "efforts", as reported, is a slap in the face to kids & education. But then he had 50,300 voters duped!

By: SheliaJacobson on 8/6/11 at 2:37

I propose not to hold off until you earn big sum of money to buy all you need! You should just get the home loans or just term loan and feel yourself comfortable

By: yucchhii on 8/6/11 at 9:55

yucchhii Lol, Saddam Hussain won all HIS elections too...since NO ONE had the GUTS to run against him.

By: Loner on 8/9/11 at 12:40

You know the old adage...Dean fooled you folks twice, so the shame is on you, not Dean.