Opportunities

 

cleaner streets: blight and litter

Blighted homes and buildings, littered streets, and neglected properties are a strain on the Memphis economy and the lives of its citizens. These issues result in lower property values and public safety nuisances. It is simply not fair to Memphians to be forced to live with blight and litter. As a Memphis City Council member, I pledge to:

  • Have a zero-tolerance approach to blight and litter. We must clean up Memphis!

  • Bring negligent property owners to court. As Executive Director of the UNDC, I have successfully challenged these absent and neglectful owners in Environmental Court and forced them to clean up their property.

  • Advocate for stronger enforcement of existing litter laws by the Memphis Police Department. We must emphasize the message that littering is not acceptable.

  • Support programs like Hospitality Hub Work Local and Lifeline to Success, which provide job opportunities and social services for those in need, while working to clean up our streets. Fletcher helped expand the Work Local program to the University District.

  • Pass a resolution calling for the immediate removal of all abandoned newspaper boxes from sidewalks across Memphis.

  • Work to ensure an efficient and empowered Code Enforcement department.

safer neighborhoods: public safety

It’s no secret. The crime rate in Memphis is too high. Keeping our families and neighborhoods safe must be local government’s top priority. We must rebuild the Memphis Police Department to a full complement; a fully staffed police force is necessary to protect our neighborhoods. It allows officers to focus on proactive community policing and ensures proper implementation of Blue CRUSH. As a Memphis City Council member, I pledge to:

  • Rebuild MPD to a full complement of 2,400 officers.

  • Fully support the data-driven Blue CRUSH program.

  • Support programs and initiatives that stop gang violence.

  • Advocate for stronger enforcement of current laws.

  • Fund equipment, technology, and other resources for our police officers and fire fighters.

  • Promote community policing and stronger neighborhood associations.

Reducing poverty

Memphis faces a staggering poverty rate of 24.6% as of 2018. Even more unfortunate is a child poverty rate of 39%. It is absolutely unacceptable for nearly half of our city’s children to live in poverty. As a City Council member, I will support services and programs that reduce poverty in our city and provide citizens with true opportunities to improve their lives. We can reduce poverty in Memphis by creating better jobs, strengthening our workforce through training and education, and providing greater access to quality Pre-K programs.

NEIGHBORHOODS FIRST

Strong neighborhoods are our city’s greatest asset. I will work tirelessly to listen to our neighborhood leaders and be responsive to their needs. As an economic development leader, neighborhood advocate, and community volunteer, I know the hard work it will take to move Memphis forward. Neighborhoods first means cleaner streets by getting rid of litter and blight, promoting smart economic growth, and ensuring the safety of our neighbors.

better jobs: economic development

Memphis must strive to become the most business-friendly city in America. Our city has experienced a surge of growth in recent years, but we must continue to push for better jobs, a stronger workforce, and small business growth. As a Memphis City Council member, I pledge to:

  • Encourage business-friendly legislation. As a council member, I will guard against any new taxes, fees, or regulations that stifle or discourage economic growth.

  • Support programs that strengthen our workforce. To be competitive, Memphis must invest in itself. This includes supporting a robust Universal Pre-K program.

  • Work hard to grow small businesses. Memphis must work to provide opportunities and encourage growth of small businesses, including women and minority-owned companies.

  • Promote Memphis as a great place to do business.
     

youth programming

Memphis must invest in its young people and provide opportunities for their engagement and growth. High quality summer jobs, Spring Break camps, library programs, community centers, and city parks should be made available to every young Memphian. As a member of Mayor Strickland’s Transition Team, I served on the Youth Committee to ensure the success of these initiatives. Since then, Mayor Strickland appointed me to the City of Memphis Youth Guidance Commission to help continue this progress.
 

attract AND RETAIN residents

Population loss and “brain drain” are real problems for Memphis. We must create a city that acts as a magnet to college graduates and young families. All too often, our talented young people leave Memphis for opportunities in cities like Nashville, Dallas, and Atlanta. Reducing crime, creating new high-paying jobs, and cleaning up our streets will be my top priorities as a City Council member in an effort to grow our population.
 

efficient and responsive core services

Memphis must strive to provide the most efficient and responsive basic city services in the country. City divisions that manage street-paving, parks, waste collection, community centers, police and fire protection, and libraries must avoid wasteful spending, provide excellent customer service, and put Memphians first.