Millionaire businessman Bill Freeman, a Democrat who finished third in this year’s Nashville mayoral race, responds in The Tennessean to a Times-Free Press article quoting one of Frieman’s friends as saying he’s taking a “long, hard look” at running for governor in 2018.
“I don’t want to rule anything out or anything in, but that’s not anything I’m working on at the moment,” he said, adding: “I’m hoping we find some great candidates, and I’m concerned about some of the candidates on the other side, and I think it’s important that a good Democrat step up. And I think we’ve got several looking, and I hope I can find one that I can get behind.”
Among those considering a run for governor as a Democrat in 2018 — or perhaps for the U.S. Senate during the same election cycle — is former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who recently told The Tennessean that he’s interested but is a long way from making a decision. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke also has been floated as a possible Democratic contender for governor, although he told the Free Press in August he’s still solely focused on his current job.
A longer list of Republicans has been bandied around as possible 2018 gubernatorial candidates.