Mayor Strickland set to deliver State of the City address

State of the City address happening Monday

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will deliver his State of the City address Monday night.

It has been less than two weeks since Strickland announced he will be running for a second term.

"I am excited about it. Memphis has momentum and I think our administration has played a big part in that and I want another fours years to continue to build on our successes," said Strickland.

Now, he is set to deliver the State of the City address.

WMC Political Analyst Mike Nelson said it will be Strickland's first major speech of his re-election campaign.

"His focus is on momentum. It's a word he uses again and again and again to describe where he thinks the city is going. So, I think we'll hear his message repeated and repeated and repeated," said Nelson.

The mayor said he will take stock "of the progress" and " hard work that remains” on a number of issues, including the economy.

However, he called crime Memphis' greatest challenge and it was still on his mind two weeks ago.

"I think when I ran, three years— four years ago I was really concerned we were at this tipping point where if we continued to lose police officers and not take violent crimes seriously we could really go down long term," said Strickland.

While statistics show the city still has a way to go before reaching its target of 2,300 police officers by 2020, there has been progress.

Not only did the city hire more officers last year compared to the number who left, violent crime also fell six percent.

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