1. What qualifications and experience do you bring to this office?
I have served as a Commissioner on the Memphis/Shelby County Schools Boards of Education for 13 years and served as president for City Schools for 2 years. I currently serve on the Memphis City Council as Vice Chair. To date, I’ve successfully served on the Council for 3.9 years representing Whitehaven, Oakhaven, Hickory Hill and Fox Meadows. Additionally, I have over 30 years of experience in education and human resources.
2. What do you see as the top two issues facing this office and how do you plan to address these issues?
The top two major challenges facing the City are 1) new revenue/living wages, and 2) research-based and community-friendly safety initiatives. In order to provide expanded service or service excellence, the City will need to continuously study ways to increase revenue not taxes. As a result, I believe that we should create housing programs, recreational activities and other amenities that will draw people back to a safer and more aesthetically beautiful city that’s full of life. Workforce Development and technical training as well as companies that pay living wages will help to create an environment that can reduce the poverty level and the associated crime levels. Public information sessions on economic development, financial literacy, and the care of our homes and community is crucial to our success. Peace coalitions and safe communities/spaces will help to create a more welcoming atmosphere. I am working on these initiatives each and everyday!
3. How do you plan to involve citizens in the decision making process of this office?
I plan to continue to involve citizens in the decision making process by continuing to hold quarterly townhall meetings that address the issues, quarterly newsletters, create planning and research committees to address specific topics/issues, and engage citizens in automated research based polls to garner their opinions.