If you didn't read Sunday's CA Viewpoint section, you missed a great article on the issues on which the candidates for October's mayor and City Council races should focus ("Talk Issues, Not Dirt," Blake Fontenay). I don't know about you, but I really would like to hear serious, constructive debate on issues I care about; issues that plague this city; issues that we need to address if we are going to move forward. Still in line with the Covenant With Memphis (post your ideas there too if you haven't), I thought we could give the candidates something to talk about.
So, let's continue what Blake started. What are the issues you would like to hear addressed? What ideas do you have and would like to hear discussed/debated? Let's give them something to talk about during this election cycle.
As for me, among a number of things, I want to hear about economic development and what each candidate (mayoral and council) plans to do to spawn economic development for all neighborhoods/people/groups in this city. Many neighborhoods in the inner-city are plagued with extreme poverty and are riddled with blight. Specifically, I want to hear real plans of action for drastically reducing the approx. 23% poverty rate; decreasing the unemployment rate (5.6% community wide; approx 11% in the Black community); creating real opportunities for minority/disadvantaged business participation in government contracting (Blacks get less than 1% of the business--Blacks make up 61% of the population!).
I'll pick one more. I want to hear candidates discuss their plans for creating racial harmony in this city. Who has a plan to bring this community together? Who amongst the candidates is not afraid to broach the topics of race and class in efforts of building us up? Who will step up and make us all realize we want the same things and that we won't get them until we come together?
So, what do you say--let's give them something to talk about!