Since leaving office, I’ve heard the leadership of this city attempt to justify the reallocation of resources to corporations with the adage “a rising tide lifts all boats”.
But what if you don’t have a boat?
As Mayor, I will use the tools of the office to enact effective policies that empower those without boats and elevate those who speak truth to power. Over the course of 17 years, I worked to transform blight into improved public housing, to freeze taxes on our more seasoned citizens, and to create a climate where businesses thrived.
My priority was lightening the tax burden on our older citizens, not to lessen the tax burden of corporations. My policies resulted in making Memphis financially strong and building the city’s reserves to $90 million.
I am deeply concerned with the direction of the city. I understand the gravity of the responsibility that comes with being Mayor of Memphis. Based on my previous experience, demonstrated ability, and successes, I know I can direct the resources of the city toward providing opportunities for everyone and, more importantly, grooming tomorrow’s leaders.
Only when we work together to move our city in the right direction can true momentum be achieved. Only together can we ensure it is sustained.