1. What qualifications and experience do you bring to this office?
When I become the first Hispanic immigrant to serve on the City Council, it will bring a fresh vision to city leadership that is much needed at this moment in our history. My progressive policy positions reflect the values consistently expressed by the majority of voters in Super Dist. 9, and my experience advocating at the state legislature for fair and just laws will help me defend against right-wing attempts to nullify city policies preferred by most Memphians. A proud CBU graduate and involved Memphian for 25 years now, I have led Latino Memphis as Executive Director for more than a decade, advocating for some of the most vulnerable members of our community while also partnering with business and civic leaders to implement solutions for the benefit of all. I have served on the boards of some of the city's most respected organizations. My wife, Yancy, is an accomplished artist with a national following, and we chose together to experience the process of becoming American citizens.
2. What do you see as the top two issues facing this office and how do you plan to address these issues?
Improving public safety in all neighborhoods requires increased trust, true community policing, and creative public-private partnerships for investments in programs that give young people outlets and optimism. I will draw on relationships built on mutual trust with residents in neighborhoods across the city and with law enforcement officials who know that I advocate in good faith to promote peace and cooperation. We must expand social enrichment opportunities by strengthening programs offered by our libraries, community centers, and parks.
Our shared prosperity policy agenda must focus on generating more thriving businesses and more high-quality jobs for hard-working residents. I will demand accountability, oversight, living wages, and smart growth for any business seeking tax incentives of any sort.