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John Robert Marek Attorney; Business Owner

Biographical Information

Campaign Phone (901) 351-7695
Campaign Website http://marekformemphis.com
Campaign Email marekformemphis@gmail.com

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

I am an attorney and a business owner. I have worked in local, state, and federal government. I earned my Bachelors and Masters in Political Science and my law degree from the University of Memphis. Unlike my opponent who worked one campaign before running for office, I have been deeply involved in the community since 2004. I managed Congressman Steve Cohen's campaigns in 2012 and 2014 after working on all of his races since 2006. In addition to working on many other campaigns, I also became involved in several single issues areas ranging from library cards as voter IDs, which I conducted research in support of as an attorney for the City of Memphis, to being the first person to call for body cams on all Memphis police during my four year tenure as a board member on the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board that I fought hard to strengthen. We need to elect people who volunteer in the community, not people who have their family buy their seat. My story: Marekformemphis.com/about-john/

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 issues facing Memphis are blight/poverty and depopulation. The city can only do so much to address the poverty issue, but addressing poverty is the only way we will ever lower crime. I believe the city of Memphis should contribute to our county school system since that is one of the only ways the city can directly fight poverty; education is key. As far as blight goes, I have a plan: http://MarekforMemphis.com/platform/

Depopulation: It really bothers me that people from the communities surrounding Memphis work in Memphis, use our roads, and rely on other city services for 8+ hours a day, but then they drive home and do not contribute towards the services they use. We need to push policies that bring revenue back into the city. One idea I came up with in 2015 was to tax downtown parking garages. We could allow city residents to continue to park without having to pay the tax, but anyone living outside of the city of Memphis would need to pay for the services they use.

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

There are two types of people who run for office: 1. Opportunists and 2. Public Servants. My mentor, Congressman Steve Cohen, taught me what a true public servant is, and I hope to carry on the precedent he has set. That is why I put my cell phone number on my website and many of my print materials. I am running to represent the residents of district 5, not myself. My opponent, as liaison to the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, missed 15 straight meetings. He also failed to attend the one debate held in our race, which was hosted by the NAACP. In a 65% African American city, he refused to fill out the American Civil Liberties Union questionnaire. 

Too often, my opponent has placed the interests of wealthy developers over the neighborhood associations and communities that have to co-exist with such developments. I have a plan for that too: http://MarekforMemphis.com/platform/

I plan to be YOUR public servant. I will represent all, not just part of the district.

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