In order for Memphis to be at its best, more Memphians must be engaged with the City and its leaders. In order to do this, we have to pull back the curtain, and shed light on how our city operates. As a Council Member, I would propose we:
Move City Council Meetings from 3:30 P.M., to 6:00 P.M. This will allow for people who work until after 5:00 P.M. to attend the meetings and voice their support or concerns.
Once a month, have all 13 Council Members and the Mayor take a driving tour of a City Council District to view progress on projects, and to see issues facing the communities. After the driving tour, the Council Members and Mayor would hold a Town Hall Meeting for the citizens in that district to voice concerns and desires for their district.
Have a Forensic Audit completed on all City of Memphis financials. These results would then be shared in a format that all Memphians could understand.
When we empower communities to succeed, our entire city will move forward. That is why I believe that Memphis City Council has a responsibility to ensure that Memphis is the best city it can be. Many communities within Memphis have not waited on City Council to make the first move, but instead decided to bring change to their communities.
If elected to City Council, I will work to identify these communities, and find support for them so they will be more successful. I also propose that the Council help to foster the communities that have been successful and partner them with communities that want to accomplish the same thing.
Working together, we will accomplish more to benefit the entire city.
Workforce and Economic Development
The right to be paid a fair wage for doing a job is a sacred concept, one that Memphis City Council has not protected. It is time for our city to actively recruit companies to locate to the Memphis area that will pay employees a living wage.
A Memphian who spends 40 hours per week working a minimum wage job will earn $15,080 in one year. Having to survive on such an income is wrong, and we must work to correct that problem.
In order to attract new industries with higher paying salaries, we must begin partnering with local higher education institutions to ensure that our workers are prepared for those careers. We must work with existing funding, like the federal Workforce Investment Act grant dollars, to better train the workforce of tomorrow. The Council must work with Shelby County Schools to ensure that Career and Technical classes are easily available to all students, as well as S.T.E.M. courses.
We must also expand the paid summer work program in the city to include more of our youth. Investing in Memphis youth now will be returned in the future because we have done our best to prepare the next generation of Memphians for work and to lead this great city.
Memphis is a great place to live, and I am proud to call it home. We must strive to work with all Memphians to build the best and safest Memphis possible.
It is time that Memphis City Council supports the Memphis Police Department and Fire Department. The brave men and women who serve our city deserve to be paid fairly, and to be fully supported by those elected to serve. I will work tirelessly to ensure that all Fire and Police personnel are fairly represented.
Drug usage and abuse are high in Memphis, and it is time for Memphis City Government to work to reverse this problem. Ending usage and abuse starts with early prevention work for the youth of our community. Prescription Drug Abuse is another major problem for Memphis. I propose that we install Permanent Drug Take Back Boxes at all 10 of our Police Precincts. This would allow Memphians to safely deposit unused Prescription drugs, and prevent them from getting into the hands of youth in our community. Ultimately, we must work to find comprehensive solutions to help get drugs off of our streets and out of the hands of our youth.