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City of Memphis Council District 4

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Jamita E. Swearengen

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1. What qualifications and experience do you bring to this office?

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2. What do you see as the top two issues facing this office and how do you plan to address these issues?

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3. How do you plan to involve citizens in the decision making process of this office?

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Britney Thornton Educator

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Campaign Phone (901) 300-6621
Campaign Email britneythorntonforcitycouncil@gmail.com
Twitter @britneyFOURme

1. What qualifications and experience do you bring to this office?

District 4 is one of the most dynamic areas in the great city of Memphis. It is hard not to feel some sense of connection to our communities--some of which include Historic Orange Mound, Glenview, Sherwood Forest, and Cooper Young. In fact, the boundaries of our district include communities from Hickory Hill to South Memphis which total over 15 neighborhoods.

What I bring to the office is vision. My ability to cast a net wide enough to include all will be the most felt impact from my service. Presently, only a handful of communities are represented in conversations. Coincidentally, these neighborhoods have the highest concentration of voters or the most recognizable social influence or the most educated voters.

In moving our focus from serving some to bettering all, I hope to be a better representative. As both a Masters-level social worker and K-8 educator, I am the best candidate. My track record speaks for itself and I am eager to serve!

2. What do you see as the top two issues facing this office and how do you plan to address these issues?

Education, economics, and engagement are pressing issues for District 4. A focus on strengthening our families by supporting the ability for our people to find jobs that pay living wages will undeniably have a positive impact on our schools and neighborhoods. It is for this reason that I plan to build synergy amongst our small business community in District 4. We know that small businesses employee the majority of our workers across the city but unfortunately there is great disinvestment and underperformance amongst our small businesses.

The vision to strengthen our small businesses can only be accomplished if our communities are ready to support. Thankfully, District 4 has a rich history of neighborhoods taking great pride in their identity. Decades of disinvestment has taken its toll so I will spend a great deal of time assisting leaders in organizing. We cannot get resources to people we do not know.

My name is Britney Thornton and a vote for me is a vote for you!

3. How do you plan to involve citizens in the decision making process of this office?

I am proud to be named a 2019 People's Candidate as selected at the People's Convention. From my work with the non-profit I created named JUICE Orange Mound, I have shown my dedication to creating inclusive, democratic processes to ensure that all people have voice and agency.

Currently, community voice is isolated to small delegation of constituents. By creating processes for me to receive feedback from all communities, I will know that any vote or decision I am to make has the true support of my district. I'm sure someone reading feels that this is a fanciful approach but I would encourage you to check out our work in Orange Mound. Through our Orange Mound Street Assembly, we are mobilizing 117 residents from every street in Orange Mound. [See www.juiceorangemound.org/zones]

I love a challenge and look forward to scaling up my current work to serve the over 90,000 people living in District 4. Be sure to help me get the opportunity--share my candidacy today!