J Thom 
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Re: “Council Ends Impasse Over District 1 Seat

cracko, maybe if Edmund Ford Sr. fulfilled the minor qualification of simply obeying the law, then he'd be acceptable. I never thought that'd be too much to ask of my elected officials.

Posted by J Thom on 01/10/2019 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Council Ends Impasse Over District 1 Seat

It is very encouraging to see the results of the appointments that have added two women and three African American candidates to the City Council, though the Hispanic, Latino, and other minority groups in the Memphis community remain unrepresented.

It would be beneficial to receive a breakdown of who voted for each candidate that was elected, as only some votes for a candidate who didn't win for District 6 are mentioned.

It is very discouraging to see that several council members opted to vote for a candidate, Edmund Ford Sr, who has been arrested and convicted for bribery during a previous stint on the same council. Even though he didn't win, votes for him are deserving of public reprimand. Our elected officials should exercise better discretion than this, or they should be voted out.

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Posted by J Thom on 01/09/2019 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Council Delays Filling Three Vacancies Until 2019

The frustrating part is seeing all the accusations of racism only because of lack of support for a single candidate, which is belittling and petty. I don't think Rhonda Logan is a bad option. Her involvement in Raleigh is vitally important to understanding the needs of the community she would represent, but I can understand and respect the hesitation of the council members that don't support her due to the reasons they stated, and she should have the humility to accept that gracefully.

My fear is if Rhonda Logan is eventually confirmed, this will have severed the ability for all the council members to have a solid and positive working relationship with her. Who loses then? The citizens of Memphis and those in the surrounding community.

"The four council members called that move unfair, as Logan is the districts choice candidate."

In actuality, you don't know she is the district's choice until there is an election to prove that. I've lived in Cordova for over 2/3 my life and am involved in the Cordova community, that doesn't make me Cordova's choice and without a vote, you can't say otherwise.

This district elected and reelected Bill Morrison. I hope they give fair consideration to a candidate of any color who has the best interests of the community and their constituents at heart.

This decision should be a special election for the people to vote, and Calvo and Logan would both be two solid candidates (though it should NOT matter, for the sake of comfort and benefit of all council members, neither of those two are white). You will be well-advised to note Memphis is not just a white or black city. Please deal with reality.

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Posted by J Thom on 12/19/2018 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Council Resumes Business With Six Members

Originally, I felt Rhonda Logan to be the appropriate choice, given the scenario that clearly neither Morrison, or Fullilove/Ford did the right thing and resign when it could have come to a vote. I hope County voters will remember that, regardless of political party, that none of these should hold public office again for that reason.

Now, learning that Mr. Wilkins supports these clowns, I disagree with nominating Logan and would urge her to have the same respect as Treadaway and drop her name from consideration.

One involved citizen who would be a great candidate is Mauricio Calvo. Other communities than just whites and blacks, are parts of Memphis too and there is no representation for the Hispanic community, or the Latino community, or others. Mr. Calvo would represent the Latino community and add a more diverse presence to the council.

For District 6, just don't nominate Edmund Ford Sr. Preferably, a candidate without a record, and anyone NOT named Ford or Wilkins.

I have no opinion for Super District 8-2.

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Posted by J Thom on 12/11/2018 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Council Members Walk Out on Vote for District 1 Seat

This wouldn't be an issue if the three council members resigned when they were elected to County offices. The greed of the extra paychecks forced the issue where the community themselves don't get to vote for their representative.

I am a Caucasian male. Frankly, I think Ms. Logan is probably the better choice for the fact that she has more ties to the district she would represent, but I still don't agree with the idea of Council members of other districts making the choice, instead of the voters. I like the idea of more business-minded members on the council, which would favor Mr. Treadway, but you can't operate against the standards of the community to achieve that disparity, regardless of the impact it may have on bringing businesses and jobs to the community. Maybe the council can work a deal to vote for Ms. Logan in exchange for voting for a candidate NOT named "Ford" for District 6. That would be a win for all!

"'In a 65 percent African-American city,' Jones said 'there should be at least eight or nine African American council members.'"

I wholeheartedly disagree, because that makes race a factor. You need 13 council members who listen to their constituents, hear their complaints and act in a way that would favor your district. We have a white mayor and US Rep because of that reason, but a majority white area could easily likewise have a black representative if the rep is one that cares about their constituents and community. Stop making race so important in this decision, City Council, that's why the citizens hate you all so much!

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Posted by J Thom on 12/05/2018 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The Council Deadlock

Doesn't matter if it's a white or black council member. It matters that it is a good, effective council member who listens and respects the input of his/her constituents, and doesn't act like an arrogant snob.

Ryan Poe was right in his point that this should have come down to a vote of the members in the district, not the council voting for their preferred choice. Shame on Morrison, Fullilove, and Ford for their personal greed and not resigning earlier when it could have come down to a vote, and shame on those who voted them in county positions. I lost much respect for Morrison for this. Never had much of any respect for Fullilove or Ford.

If we could educate voters, we would have better representatives.

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Posted by J Thom on 11/30/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Allan Wade: Fast Man With a Phrase

Keep it classy, Wade.

Responding to antagonistic dissent with 12-yr old maturity-level insults sure is the way to go...

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Posted by J Thom on 11/02/2018 at 8:58 AM

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