Thanks for this article because we need to concentrate on the election at large rather than hone in on just the mayoral race. Yes - a mayor, like a president, has a public face of leadership but with the mayoral race being so hotly contested and no clear contender to the Herenton power that stands, it is of even more importance that we select the right candidates for city council since they are in the very least a buffer to what the mayors office seeks to employ.
If you seek to adjust the trends of the last decade back to the positive, look hard at your council candidates. Choose those with a record of responsible contribution to the community - not political power-brokers in the making.
As a midtowner and former resident of Vollintine Evergreen, I know Mary Wilder has good plans set for the communities of Memphis as well as the city at large. She has a background in education/childcare, has served in the Tennessee House of Representatives, raised almost a million dollars in grant funding for the Vollintine Evergreen Community Association, and will work for planned sustainable growth (not at the expense of the inner-city) and take zoning and development out of the developers hands who have run roughshot over this city for the past several decades. Do we want more development at the expense of our homes and property values? Do we want the commercial interests to strip-mine our city and leave us as outcasts?
As a midtowner, I can only attest to those council candidates that I am responsible for electing. In District 5 - Jim Strickland, in District 9 - position 1 - Scott McCormick, position 2 - Shea Flinn, and position 3 - Mary Wilder. All are progressively minded and focused on rebuilding our city from the malaise it has suffered.
Seek out your candidates for council. Just like the national political arena - presidents are important, but they arent the whole picture.
Regarding the District 9 - 3 race... it seems that Franklin has a great deal of support from her coworkers given the Coalition for a Better Memphis graded her so high on her questionaire, seeing that her answers were really no different from others in the race. I find it suspect that her boss heads up the coalition and she gets a much higher grade on a subjective essay questionaire. To me, that is already a few shades of unethical to begin with.
By Micaela Watts
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