Emmylou Harris endorses Dean for governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean speaks to a business group in Nashville on March 20, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Grammy award winner Emmylou Harris endorsed former Nashville Karl Dean’s bid for governor and was scheduled to headline a fundraiser for the Democrat in Nashville on Monday evening.

“Emmylou often uses her musical gifts to bring attention to issues she’s passionate about,” Dean said in a release. “I’m honored that she’s chosen to put her energy and her time into supporting my candidacy.”

Here’s the full announcement:

Emmylou Harris Endorses Karl Dean for Governor, Teams with ‘Core 54’ to Host Campaign Events with Women Supporters in Nashville and Chattanooga
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 23, 2018) — Twelve-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Emmylou Harris announced her endorsement for Karl Dean for Governor today.

Harris will perform at a sold-out Get Out the Vote event and fundraiser this evening in Nashville, which she is hosting with Core 54, the grassroots network of women supporting Dean’s campaign. Core54 ‒ aptly named because 54 percent of voters in Tennessee are women ‒ was established because women in Tennessee have the ability to swing elections.

Monday’s event will be hosted at “Two Old Hippies”, a woman-owned boutique in Nashville, and catered by three women owned catering companies.

Through Core54, Harris joins women across Tennessee who are lining up behind Dean because of his proven track record of prioritizing equality and inclusion. Members of Core 54 include change-makers and leaders in economic development, domestic violence services, criminal justice reform, education and other sectors.

A second Core54 event with Harris will be held in Chattanooga on July 26.

“Emmylou often uses her musical gifts to bring attention to issues she’s passionate about,” Dean said. “I’m honored that she’s chosen to put her energy and her time into supporting my candidacy. Emmylou is a kind, optimistic person. We’ve worked together since my time in the Nashville Mayor’s Office where we connected through a common belief that we should do all we can to make life better for others.”

Harris’ endorsement is the latest in a series of events that demonstrate the growing momentum behind Dean’s campaign. Over the last two weeks, Dean posted the highest amount of donor contributions in the second quarter period ‒ far out fundraising all of the other gubernatorial candidates. An independent, nonpartisan poll by Emerson College also showed Dean leading the top two Republican candidates.

“Tennessee needs a governor who will have the political courage to stand up for the issues that matter,” Harris said. “Karl has proven that he is that leader. He stands up for what’s right, even when it’s not politically popular. As governor, I know he’ll put education and healthcare first on his agenda and life in our state will be better for everyone because of it.”

Harris is a celebrated icon of Nashville’s country music scene. Later this year, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum will feature a major exhibition chronicling Harris’ 40-year career, which has included 27 Top Ten hits and seven that reached No. 1.

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