Just a heads up that I am not planning on running in this race. As you mention, Councilman Hedgepeth is a good friend of mine (as is Shea Flinn), and I am honored that they think I'd be a good candidate. However, I am 100% focused on my career at FedEx at the moment and not interested in getting into local politics. I have told both Reid and Shea that I would continue to help this city in any way that I can from the private sector, though, through various charitable endeavors and/or advisory mechanisms.
Sorry for the conflicting information you might've received on this matter. The truth is that I did consider it very briefly, but quickly came to my senses.
Thanks for the memories, Isaac.
Oh, and one last thing, like his stickers say, "We Need Reid" down at City Hall! And I think we're gonna get him too.
Can anyone else smell the stink of desperation wafting off of the Lit campaign? Truly sad.
Hedgepeth is not hard to find. Check the Colonial early voting location. That's where he is pretty much all day, every day. If you want to know what he stands for, just walk up to him and ask him.
I still don't know what Lester Lit stands for, other than the fact that he apparently feels entitled to this office and resents Hedgpeth for working hard and beating him at the polls.
By the way, did anyone else in this race play Division I football? Even for just two years like Hedgepeth did? Didn't think so. Does that somehow make them less qualified?
And for that matter, what are Lit's great qualifications?
The fact that he's run twice and lost? Doubtful.
The fact that he runs his own business? Hedgepeth has started and run two.
His law degree? Big deal. I have one too. Anyone with the luxury of three years, the money to pay for it, and some basic cognitive reasoning skills can get one. In fact, there are plenty of folks down at City Hall right now with Phds and law degrees. Hasn't done Memphis a lot of good, now has it?
Lit needs to spend less time preening on a stage in front of his voter base and more time down in the trenches competing for votes he doesn't have. Y'know, like Hedgepeth is doing. Every. Single. Day.
Instead, he shows up for half an hour and leaves as soon as he breaks a sweat. Somehow that doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that he will work hard on this city's behalf if elected.
What I was referring to was this line, "It should be said that there are skeptics in other candidates' camps who doubt that Hedgepeth is doing much door-to-door, either." Granted, it was allegedly the other candidates' camps who made this assertion, but the implication is clear.
As someone who has been "beating the streets" with Reid every weekend, and who has also been helping him to man the polls during early voting, I take exception to this assertion---regardless of who is making it.
Like I said, if you want to see for yourself, go by Colonial or Berclair at any time and you'll find either Reid or his mother working their tails off in the heat. And you'll find friends, family and other volunteers at Cordova and other locations.
Hedgepeth is not hard to find. He's where the voters are. Working hard. Which is something he's done his entire life, and I admire him for it. If the average politician worked half as hard as Reid, the world would be a much better place.
Hedgepeth is not hard to find at all. Just stop by either the Colonial or Berclair early voting locations and you'll see him there all day, every day. Before that he was out canvassing neighborhoods with friends and family all day, every day. The guy is a hard worker, and your implications that he is anything but are as laughable as Lit's ads.
By Jackson Baker
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