Mental health is often an overlooked issue, how can the City address our growing mental health issues?
I operate a mental health program so I would use my expertise to keep the issue at the forefront and create a task force that would be responsible for drafting a plan that the city could enact with legislation.
This is the week the Shelby County Observer will make its endorsements and in the District 8 Position 3 race, it was a no brainer. Pastor Gerald Kiner is clearly the best candidate. Here’s how Martavious Jones hurt himself and how Pastor Gerald Kiner helped himself.
How Martavious Jones Hurt Himself #1 By destroying the Memphis City Schools. This is his unforgettable sin. Segregation has gotten worse in Memphis and Shelby County because of his decision. #2 By voting for a Memphis Light Gas & Water rate increase during a time when Memphians are already hurt by high energy bills. He totally rejected the cries of the people begging him not to do so. #3 By voting for the city council to have three term limits instead of the current two. Then he basically lost all credibility by trying to deceive the people by saying ” I need 12 years to learn the job.” President Obama only got 8 years in office yet Martavious Jones feels he needs 12 years to learn the job. This implies he is not fit for another 4 years because he has not learned anything anyway. And his voting record clearly shows he has not learned how to take care of the people. #4 By giving his personal friend at Life Line To Success $400,000 the past two years in tax payer funds via city grants while giving $0 to fund Sky Cops in high crime areas which only cost $2500 – $5500. #5 By standing by and doing nothing but watch the opioid epidemic ravage Memphis while voting to give organizations that fight opioids $0 in grant funds. #6 By being a no show at the Commercial Appeal candidate form unwilling to face Pastor Gerald Kiner there to discuss/ debate the issues. #7 By going against the citizens of Memphis and endorsing the $40K the incumbents voted for to fund their campaign from public funds. How he thought voting for a measure that would be self-serving would not come back to haunt him shows a severe lack of foresight.
How Pastor Gerald Kiner Helped Himself #1 By having the opposite view of Martavious Jones on ALl of the 7 items above. #2 By clearly winning every public forum he has attended against the other district 8 position 3 candidates #3 By being a businessman who has added millions of dollars to the Memphis economy and hundreds of jobs. #4 By being active in local education by having his own college – William & Johnson Career College #5 By helping local youth avoid a life of crime through his own mentor program – It Takes A Village To Raise A Child #6 By being the only candidate to bring exposure to the opioid epidemic and creating a coalition to help fight it. #7 By not being afraid to speak out against corruption within the Memphis City Council
His famous campaign slogan has merit: Make Memphis Finer and vote – Pastor Gerald Kiner
Pastor Gerald Kiner stood with GM strikers and union members Glinderious Lewis , President of the UAW Union and Bran Endebrestson in 98 degree heat Wednesday to show his support for their strike against GM. Kiner who is the only District 8 Position 3 candidate in support of the $15.00 an hour livable wage in Memphis affirmed he is “not afraid to fight to transfer the money of billionaires to the workeraires.”
Glinderious Lewis declared “ they trying to get the electric car built somewhere else after we have bent over backwards for this company. Our CEO makes over $22,000,000 a year. I been here for 35 years and I make $30.06 an hour. A GM employee should make more than that, for how big this company is we should make more than that. Pensions went away in 2009. I want to see pensions brought back.” Bran Endebrestson lamented “ I been here 7 and a half years and they work the crap out of these folks. I worked here as a temp for two years with no benefits. I want to see them keep our health care, take care of the temps, have a better work environment and treat people fair. They even trying to take away our 401 from us and that’s not right.”
Kiner promised to use his influence to bring attention to the cries of the union workers and to use his heart to fight for the cries of all underpaid Memphis workers. He seems to be making good on his now famous campaign slogan “ MAKE MEMPHIS FINER VOTE FOR PASTOR GERALD KINER”.
On Aug 26,19 at the The Crosstown CDC political forum event which invited city council candidates to elaborate on their platforms two rival District 8 Position 3 candidates gave the crowd a chance to see them in person sitting next to each other. Martavious Jones seems to have embarrassed himself by saying he was against the $15 per hour livable wage which is gaining fast approval across the county. Jones instead said he prefers the few scattered jobs that pay $80,000. Critics of Martavius Jones say that is because he is a financial advisor and he has proven he only cares about the $80,000 a year jobs because that’s the potential clientele he can use to grow his business.
However, Pastor Kiner declared “Why can’t we have both. What Martavious Jones is saying is like an elitist saying , I’m against water for the people, I’m only for serving Dom Perignon. Why can’t we seek a $15 per hour minimum wage increase for the masses and recruit high paying $80,000 a year jobs for the more educationally advanced job seekers? Pastor Kiner declared , “ it’s not the $80,000 a year job candidate that’s out robbing people because they can’t feed their families. Over 95% of violent street crimes are done by the minimum wage level individual who feel trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty.”
It was clear Martavius Jones lost this battle when the crowd clearly and overwhelmingly supported Pastor Kiner’s point of view. Even as Pastor Kiner walked out, many from the audience surrounded him and began asking him for his contact information. Kiner’s platform was definitely a hit with the voters at the forum. Being an elitist is a tough sell in a blue-collar city desperate for more jobs to satisfy its 27,000 unemployed workforce.