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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 like Memphis currently has- failed. As a former public school teacher, I taught US Government for 16 years. I am a CEO, businessman, and business owner that 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 know the formula on how to motivate high risk Memphis youth from taking the path of crime to living the American Dream because iI was one myself. I am also a Life Coach who helps CEOs and business owners from Collierville to Orange Mound stay mentallly, spiritually, and emotionally fit and maintain a solid life work balance. Due to my heart and compassion for women, I created one of the first, if not the first all women’s Bible Colleges in the county – The Daughters of Zion All Women’s Bible College. I also am the founder of William and Johnson Career College. My credentials for this position and any other position in Memphis is unparalleled by any candidate. ..
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FAQ & QA
1. When, and if, the city sees an increase in tax revenue, where should that money be spent?
Ans: Public Safety..Personal safety is as much a human need as food, clothes, and shelter. Public safety concerns have caused an exodus from Memphis. A June 22, 2017 CBS news story listed Memphis as #10 within their story titled:”12 major American cities that are shirking.” The article declared Nashville “now ranks as Tennessee’s biggest city.” If we do not focus on public safety our city will continue to lose population which not only means perhaps less readership of the Commercial Appeal but a declining tax base.
2. What role should city government play in education?
Ans: An active role. The city should investigate how to invest more in education beyond helping fund universal needs-based prekindergarten. It is unethical for politicians to articulate a need for better education yet turn their backs financially on the struggling schools within its boundaries. As a former school teacher, I know first hand that students in K-12 need more funding just as bad a Pre-K. Again, one of the main goals is economic development. Business will not relocate to Memphis and or stay in Memphis with the school system in chaos and rapid decline. Strategic educational funding is needed for supplemental services.
3. When approached by a company that is considering relocating to Memphis, what would be the factor you would weigh the most before supporting the use of public incentives for the project ?
Ans: Number of jobs. People that are unemployed care not for location of the project nor do they care about incentive deals. They care about feeding their families and having a roof over their heads. The DEPARTMENT OF NUMBERS recently reported the unemployment rate rose in Memphis 0.2 % to 4.2% in July 2019 making 27,432 Memphians unemployed. It is the job of leaders to first bring as many jobs to Memphis as possible.
4. What relationship should Memphis have with the suburbs?
Ans: Memphis and the suburbs should cooperate. Before a business decides to relocate to a major city, it always investigates the health of the suburbs of the prospective city. Memphis and the suburbs should cooperate as easily as the hand and its fingers. The hand can never grab the door knob of success without its fingers joining together. The unwise and reactionary move Martavious Jones did to give up the MCS charter when he was a MCS School Board member instantly set City/ Suburbs race relations back 50 years. I would bring us together.
5. Should MLGW raise rates to fix its ailing infrastructure?
Ans: No. High MLGW rates have contributed to the high crime rate just as much as any other factor. I’ve been a prison chaplain for over 15 years and our jails are full of people who have stolen and robbed just to keep their lights from being turned off by MLGW. Additionally, there is no excuse for a monopoly to have a shortage of funds to fix its infrastructure. This is a result of a blatant mismanagement of funds that cannot and should not be subsidized by the very tax payer it already overcharges.
6. What facet of crime and the criminal justice system deserves the most attention from city government?
Ans: Reducing the homicide/ violent crime rate. Nothing is keeping major corporations like Amazon from coming to Memphis more than our high homicide/ violent crime rate. As I have mentioned, Forbes magazine cited Memphis as the 4th most dangerous city in America. Forbes knows CEOs who are thinking about relocating are not concerned about recidivism and marijuana legalization like they are making sure their workforce is moved to a city where their employees and their families can be safe and feel safe.We owe that to our citizens as well.