If there were any doubt which candidate Mayor Karl Dean was rooting for in the Metro Council’s heated District 24 race, uncertainty ended Wednesday.
In a campaign mail-piece that arrived in mailboxes Wednesday, Dean is pictured with attorney Sarah Lodge Tally, representing the mayor’s first overt political play in the contested Sylvan Park-area race.
Tally is challenging incumbent Councilman Jason Holleman.
Tally had already enjoyed the support of a gaggle of Dean supporters — including Dean’s re-election treasurer and campaign spokesman — yet Dean himself hadn’t totally injected himself into the race. In fact, two weeks ago Dean told The City Paper he didn’t have a favorite in the race.
That all changed with release of the campaign flyer (see here).
“Sarah Lodge Tally is a smart, hard working, capable woman who knows Nashville’s best days are ahead,” Dean is quoting as saying on the front of the mailer.
The backside of the advertisement features a photo of Tally and Dean standing in front of the Metro Courthouse.
“Tally will work with Mayor Dean to keep Nashville moving forward,” the ad says. The piece says the two would work together to fully fund schools, revitalize Charlotte Pike and support mass transit enhancements along the Broadway-West End corridor.
During the past council term, Holleman voted against financing of Music City Center, Dean’s signature project. He also differed with the mayor over the future of the 117-acre fairgrounds.
When asked to comment, Holleman did not directly address Dean.
“I ran for the Metro Council to represent the voters in District 24,” Holleman said. “For the last four years I’ve worked hard to give voice to their opinions on the council. It’s their endorsement in this election that matters to me.”
A Tally mail-piece featuring former Gov. Phil Bredesen is expected to be unveiled in the coming days.