Mayor Karl Dean’s re-election campaign is strategically placing campaign efforts in Madison, the part of town that happens to be the home turf of his opponent.
In a press release sent Monday, Dean announced the creation of a Madison steering committee that consists of 24 supporters in that area of town who have endorsed the mayor’s re-election bid. Notable members include state Sen. Joe Haynes, Rep. Mike Turner, Public Defender Dawn Deaner and Metro Councilman Jim Forkum.
Election Day is Aug 4.
Over the weekend, Dean held a “neighborhood gathering” in Madison, which featured re-election signs and other campaign paraphernalia. Dean’s Madison steering committee is the first of future neighborhood groups to be launched by the campaign.
“I appreciate the support of the leadership in Madison and look forward to working with them throughout the campaign,” Dean said in a statement.
Dean’s primary opponent in his re-election bid is conservative Councilman Michael Craddock, who represents parts of Madison.
“I’m tickled that he’s finally paying attention to Madison,” Craddock said when asked for a comment. “He hasn’t [paid attention] in the four years he’s been in office, when he’s been the mayor and I’ve been the council member out there.”
Craddock, term-limited from his council seat, is kicking off his campaign Thursday with a barbeque at his house.