Friday, November 06, 2015

Early Voting in the Satellites Starts TODAY for the runoffs, GO VOTE!!!!

First, here are the locations, not as many as in the general election:

Abundant Grace 1574 Shelby Drive, 38116
Agri-Center International 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., 38120
Anointed Temple of Praise 3939 Riverdale Rd., 38141
Berclair Church of Christ 4536 Summer Ave., 28122
Dave Wells Community Center 915 Chelsea Ave., 38107
Glenview Community Center 1141 S. Barksdale St. 38114
Greater Middle Baptist Church 4982 Knight Arnold Rd. 38118
 White Station Church of Christ 1106 Colonial Rd., 38117

 Beginning Friday, November 6, 2015 and ending Saturday, November 14, 2015
Weekdays 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Closed Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veteran’s Day

I am supporting Dan Springer in the District 5 runoff because I believe he has the actual governmental experience to make a positive difference for our district.  Having gotten to know him, I know he has the work ethic and the know-how to do the right thing, and he will represent EVERY area of District 5.  I hope that if you live in 5, you will vote for him.  He is also supported by erstwhile candidate Mary Wilder as well.

I attended a gathering for him this evening in Midtown, and Dan took questions and made a great speech about what he sees for the future of the city.  He was patient and listened and gave solid answers to the crowd gathered at the home of Sutton and Kerry Hayes.  Kerry is the one who introduced me to Dan.  Again, we have a short period of time to make a big difference, and I ask for your vote for Dan Springer for District 5!

Now to the other races.......

If you live in 2, Rachel Knox would be a great choice for Cordova and the far eastern parts of the city.  Nothing against Frank Colvett, he is a nice guy, but I believe Rachel has the fire needed for the changes that must be made in the city.

District 3, I lean toward Keith Williams because I believe labor needs a spot at the table, but Patrice Jordan Robinson is a pretty good candidate and is a former MCS Board member.

District 4, if I had a vote, it would go to Jamita Swearengen.

District 7, I have no recommendation, it's your call.

The Council races are important because they will be working with the Mayor-elect Jim Strickland to attack the problems that this city faces.  Please go check out these candidates,get off your butt and VOTE!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dan Springer for District 5

Well, as I am fond of saying, he might not have been my first choice, but he is far from the worst choice for District 5.

I supported John Marek for this seat, and was disappointed that he didn't make the runoff, I think he would have, and will be when he chooses to run for another office, an outstanding public servant.

This leaves us with 28-year-old Worth Morgan, and 32-year-old Dan Springer.  After meeting with Dan this past week, I have decided to support him in the runoff for City Council.  Yes, he has more GOP ties than I am normally comfortable with, but I figure Mayor Luttrell and DAG Amy Weirich can't get EVERYTHING wrong!

Dan has governmental experience, having worked for Senator Bob Corker and Shelby County Government.  Unlike many of his GOP brethren, Dan believes in making government WORK and FUNCTION, and he understands that poverty is one of the city's biggest issues.  He understands that we have to make sure that our police and firefighters receive what they need to keep our neighborhoods safe.  Frankly, he didn't sound like the crazies you see on Fox News, and that's why I am supporting him for District 5.  I am sure Morgan is a nice young man, but he needs to go out and get more experience.

Springer, however, is not too old for the job either, as it will take a lot of energy working on the issues that this city and region face.  As you have noticed if you have read this blog this year, Jon and I have supported younger people for these offices, and we need fresh eyes and new energy.

For me, of the two remaining candidates, Dan Springer is the person who is most likely to represent this district as it needs to be represented.  Mary Wilder has also asked that you consider Dan, and I hope that you will as well.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

From Commissioner Norma Lester, your EV Sites for runoffs in Districts 2,3,4,5 and 7

Shelby County Election Commission
( Family, Friends & Constituents)

Election Commissioner Norma Lester

Early Voting for November 19th Run Off will be as follows:

Downtown Office October 30th thru November 14 from 10-4PM 

Satellite Offices from November 6th thru November 14 10-7PM weekdays and 10-4 PMSaturday.  Offices will be closed November 11th in Observance of Veteran's Day

Location of Satellite Offices:

Abundant Grace..........1574 Shelby Dr

Agri-Center.........7777 Walnut Grove

Anointed Temple of Praise....3939 Riverdale Rd

Berclair Curch of Christ...4536 Summer Ave

Dave Wells Community Ctr....915 Chelsea

Glenview Community Center....1141 S. Barksdale

Greater Middle Baptist Church...4982 Knight Arnold

White Station Church of Christ...1106 Colonial

In order to comply with time frame for Ballot Approval, Certification of October 8th election was rescheduled from Oct 26 to this Friday Oct 23 @ noonPlease note changes for anyone planning to attend. As always I welcome and encourage attendance!

Your Election Commissioner
Norma Lester

Monday, October 12, 2015

I got yer Debate Watch Parties RIGHT HERE

Welcome all of you coming over from FIRST WORD.  Many thanks to Kyle Veazey for the link love!

First, for all you BERNIE SANDERS supporters (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), we have this missive from Laura Coleman Noeth:
Hey folks, be sure to join us Tuesday at 6:30 Democratic debate-watching party. It will be upstairs at Local in Overton Square. There will be fun things happening during the commercials and stimulating conversation and information throughout. Oh yea, it's sponsored by your local Bernie Sanders supporters. $5 admission goes toward local campaign expenses.
For those of you supporting what's-her-name that used to be a Senator, (just kidding! nudge-nudge-wink-wink), the Rincon Strategy Firm in Overton Square COOPER YOUNG is the place for you:

Debate Watch Party
RSF Office
902 S. Cooper (Lounge)
Oct 13th
Starts at 6:30 – Debate at 8:00

Join us for Bar B Q and Beverages
Hillary for America - Official Event
                         Call 901-830-3283 for info

Undecided AND a Millennial?  Then London Lamar has just the place for you, which also serves to raise support for the runoff campaign of our favorite District 2 candidate, Rachel Knox:

October 13 7-9 pm 

Bluefin Restaurant
135 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Join Millennials from across Memphis who are gathering to watch the first Democratic Presidential Debate by CNN in support of Rachel Knox. Rachel is a millennial who made it to the Memphis Municipal Run-off Election 2015; still giving us an opportunity to elect a millennial to Memphis City Council. 

I encourage everyone to come by to watch the debate and meet Rachel. 

There is no cost to attend but we are asking for donation to Rachel's Campaign. 

Hope to see you all there!

OK Then, pick one.  Or sit home and watch it.  Or watch the Cubs finish off the Cardinals in the NLDS!  BWAHAHAHAHA!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Mayor Elect Jim Strickland



Just WOW!!!

Several months ago, I said it was time for a change and I was correct.

He and his campaign staff ran a tremendous campaign,

I disagree with him on his crime policy to a large extent.

However, I supported him for two main reasons.

He is not afraid to enact change on the status quo AND he is willing to change.

We have been under the decaying ruins of the Herenton regime for the last 16 years.  If Herenton had left in 1999 or even in 2003, there would have been opportunities to keep the cronyism down.

Too often in the last 12 years, especially in the last 6, Mayor Wharton had opportunities to set a different path as County and then City Mayor and he did not.  This is what helped bring him down.  When people that used to be your base vote for someone else (Harold Collins and Mike WIlliams and, yes, Strickland) because they have lost faith in your ability to help them, then it is over for you.

Jim has a lot of work to do.  He has priorities beyond crime and blight.

First, we need a better education policy.  Prepare our students to get better paying jobs and be qualified for good, high paying jobs, not the $9 or $10 jobs.  Outsourcing to private education and charters is not working.  The i-Zone isn't great, but it is better.  Local control of local schools.  Finally, have your crime policy towards youth offenders make it easy for expungement and options other than fines and fees.  Many of the people caught up in this cannot pay this and this will continue the cycle of poverty.

Second, you must reform the Memphis Animal Shelter.  Appoint a new director of the shelter and a new director above them.  Get someone new and young who will think outside of the box on ways to change it.  Stay away from the cronyism that has run rampant there.

Third, enact CLERB and ensure that it is strong.  We want all of our public servants to be held accountable.

Fourth, engage your opponents.  Remember, you have a mandate, but it is fragile one.

All said, CONGRATS!!!!!!  Enjoy tonight, for tomorrow you begin the transition.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The best move the SCDP can make RIGHT NOW.

At least, until they can rebuild.  


Memphis, TN, September 22, 2015– The Shelby County Democratic Party wishes to reiterate that it has not and will not endorse candidates in the upcoming local elections.
There are several groups and individuals that distribute ballots and or publish ballots in exchange for financial consideration by candidates. They imply endorsement by the Shelby County Democratic Party. Absolutely none of these legitimately speak for the Shelby County Democratic Party.
Note: Early Voting is going on now.
·         Early Voting ends October 3rd.
·         Election Day is October 8th.
Recommendations of the Shelby County Democratic Party:
·         Vote early at any of the Early Voting Locations listed at This is important because your voting location may have changed and problems can be resolved more easily during early voting
·         If you cannot vote early, please visit and use the Precinct Locator to make sure of your voting location for Election Day.

TNDP: DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to be Keynote Speaker for Jackson Day on Friday, October 23

Nashville, Tenn. (September 21, 2015) – The Tennessee Democratic Party is pleased to announce that Democratic National Committee Chair and Florida Congresswoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Jackson Day Dinner.
“Tennessee Democrats are so pleased to welcome Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Nashville,” said Mary Mancini, Chair of the TNDP. “Tennessee will be an important state for Democrats in the upcoming year and we are excited to hear her plans to help turn Tennessee blue again and for her to see how energized and determined we are to move our party forward.”
“I’m thrilled to join Democrats in the Volunteer State to celebrate their hard work and to chart a path forward for Democrats not only in Tennessee, but across the South and across the country” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  “While Democrats are talking about strengthening the middle class and their plans to move the country forward, Republicans are promising to take us backward to the failed, trickle down policies of the past. Our candidates in Tennessee will continue to make that contrast clear.”
The Jackson Day Dinner, the TNDP’s largest fundraiser, will take place at 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 23, at OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN 37209.
Wasserman Schultz, who has been Chair of the Democratic Party since 2011, is a strong leader in the House and an effective chairwoman for the Democratic Party. She was elected to Congress in 2004 and represents Florida’s 23rd Congressional District.
OZ Arts Nashville is the former CAO Cigars headquarters transformed by the Ozgener Family into a contemporary performance & installation space and event center.
To purchase tickets to Jackson Day, visit

Monday, September 21, 2015

Strickland for Mayor-Concerns I have

I have serious and severe issues with the Jim Strickland 2015 campaign and his focus on youth crime. I think its reactionary. I think it plays to a group of voters who know nothing about youth outreach and how to improve the plight of back youth. I almost decided to vote for Mike Williams as a result. HOWEVER, Mayor A C Wharton has done little for the last 6 years he has held the Memphis Mayorship and little in the 7 years before that holding the Shelby County job to combat these either. He has continued the failing policies in all areas of Wharton. The same cronies are still there (Jack Sammons and the former CAO still being on the payroll). Jim at least would be open to changing his policies and his mind if and when they prove to not be working and would lead us in a new direction. Memphis deserves better than continuing the status quo. That is why I am not voting for Jim Strickland, that is why I VOTED for Jim Strickland.