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City of Memphis Council District 8 Position 3

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Cathlynn Allen Marketing & Brand Strategist, Community Organizer

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Campaign Phone (901) 493-5044
Campaign Website http://catformemphis.com
Campaign Email cat@catformemphis.com

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

I bring many years as a community organizer and advocate, most recently having served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Midsouth Peace & Justice Center. I've also organized around issues such as reproductive rights, a living wage, transit, and housing. In my professional life, I manage multi-million dollar accounts for global clients. I understand the necessity of diplomacy, of compromise, of innovative thinking, and of the need for integrity and accountability in all matters. I regularly bring stakeholders with a common goal but somehow disparate priorities to the table to gain consensus and move forward. Shifting back to a personal lens, I'm a working mother of an elementary school child. I want her to know a Memphis that is truly full of equitable opportunities for her and her peers - and to give them a reason to call Memphis home as adults.

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

Education and Infrastructure. We owe ALL of our children a quality education today so that they can properly decide what their tomorrows look like. We have to face the evolving workforce - and its challenges and requirements - head on and prepare our young people accordingly. That also requires infrastructure - roads, transit, housing, utilities - that are prepared for the future versus what we have now, which is crumbling around us. Not only does this require more transparency in government spending and perhaps a reallocation of resources, but it also requires elected officials to responsibly guide public-private partnerships and ensure every route available to us is aggressively pursued. Be it grants, TIFs, PILOT reform, or investments/trusts - we're simply not doing everything we can in the way we should now.

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

I want to make City Hall the People's Hall again. I will be an elected official that is in my communities year-round - not just during an election cycle. I will host regular office hours and regular town halls to stay abreast of what's happening across Super District 8. It's ambitious given the size of the district, but it's necessary. By being consistently available and present, I will be able to see challenges and victories in real-time and be able to proactively solve for what is necessary. Finally, this is such a seemingly small thing but it matters: as a current constituent of the incumbents in District 4 and Super District 8, I have contacted their offices via phone and email countless times over the last 3.5 years and not once - not ever - have I received a response. My office will have a 100% response rate for constituent contact logs. I will never lose sight of who I work for.

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Roderic Ford

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Martavius D. Jones Financial Advisor

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Campaign Phone (901) 289-8594
Campaign Email jonesformemphis@gmail.com

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

I bring a strong finance background to the Memphis City Council. I have a BBA degree in finance from Howard University in Washington, DC, and I have worked in financial services for nearly 30 years. My past work experience has been in employee benefits, healthcare, insurance, and investments over that span of time. This experience helped to recognize and challenge the Strickland administration's assertion that switching health insurance administrators would result in a reduction of healthcare related costs that never materialized. Having served as budget chair for the former Memphis City School and budget chair for the 2019-2020 budget for the Memphis City Council, this experience is beneficial to the the council and the city.

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

Poverty and higher paying jobs are the two top issued facing the city. These two contribute to the high crime rate that many see as our main issue. I served as the council's liaison to the EDGE board for two (2) years and often complained when incentives were provided to companies in industries where low-wages and salaries are commonplace. Attracting those jobs that offer higher beginning wages and salaries will have a direct impact on the level of poverty in this city. At my suggestion two (2) years ago, the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission held a group meeting where we discussed issues important to our community and I will ask for the same going forward to that these elected bodies can be a part of setting the priorities for the city to address our jobs and poverty challenges.

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

I will continue to remain visible, vocal, open, and continue to listen to the voices of citizens of Memphis as I have demonstrated while being on the council. Case in point would be the Greensward issue. I listened to both sides of the issue and only after hearing both sides of the issue did I cast the only no vote for the measure. I will continue to attend community events and town halls as a way to gather the opinions of Memphis residents.

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Gerald Kiner Pastor

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Campaign Phone (901) 650-7340
Campaign Email GERALDKINER@GMAIL.COM

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

I am a statesman I am not a politician. I majored in Political Science in college which taught me the history behind how thriving and great governments operate and how corrupt and stagnant governments has failed. As a former public school teacher, I taught US Government for 16 years. I am a CEO who has created over 100 jobs and added several million dollars to the Memphis economy. I am an ethical and compassionate leader. I am the author of eight books. I have a mentor program- It Takes A Village Mentors and a tutoring program Yes My Child Can Tutors which have changed the lives of thousands of poor minority kids across Memphis by diverting them from a life of crime and low expectations to obtaining college degrees and a middle class life. I am also a Life Coach who helps CEOs and business owners from Collierville to Orange Mound stay mentally, spiritually, and emotionally fit and maintain a solid life work balance. I created Daughters of Zion All Women's Bible College.

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

The first major issue facing Memphis is the high crime rate. We need to pass legislation that mandate business and apartment complexes especially in high crime areas all have security cameras and or Sky Cops. Many people criticize the middle class and upper middle class communities for having Sky Cops but I do not. They should have them as well not just the high crime areas for every citizen has a right to feel safe. The second major issue facing Memphis is our disheartening racial divide. Our races are as divided as we were 50 years ago. 24/7 Wall St ranked Memphis as the 6th most segregated city in America. A recent local headline entitled “ Memphis school segregation worse than 50 years ago” written by Laura Faith Kebede, cited my District 8 Position 3 opponent Martavious Jones ending Memphis City Schools as a key reason.The solution is to elect not politicians who often cater to a certain ethnic group or faction but to elect statesmen and stateswomen who will unite the community.

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

I will have an open door policy. I pledge to meet with at least 50 community groups per year each year I am in office. This would be unprecedented by any public official.

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Pamela Lee

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Lynette P. Williams

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