Mayor Karl Dean’s face never appears in his third and final television commercial, a production that instead defers to imagery reminding viewers of Nashville’s historic flood, accompanied by music from 1920s-era Delta blues legend Charley Patton.
Dubbed “High Water,” the commercial allows Dean to remind Nashvillians of one of his greatest first-term challenges — navigating Metro through a 1,000-year flood — without overstating the mayor’s role.
The commercial, which lacks any narration, shows images of children holding up drawings that encapsulate Nashville’s record flood that occurred during the first May weekend of 2010. From there, the following statements pop up:
“’High Water Everywhere,’” Charley Patton, 1929.”
“1,400 rescued from the floodwaters.”
“Heroic emergency workers.”
“Thank you, Nashville,” the commercial concludes, with Dean overlooking a lake with two young children.
Dean’s election challengers are Marvin Barnes, Bruce Casper and James Keeton.