Former school board member Webb enters city council race - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former school board member Webb enters city council race

Sharon Webb Sharon Webb

(WMC-TV) - Former Memphis City School board member Sharon Webb wants to do more than run the school district - she wants to run the city.

Monday, the ordained minister and doctor of theology filed to run for Memphis City Council District 6.

"This is the time to do it, and so I'm in the race," she said.

Webb, who has been out of the public spotlight since leaving the school board, said her comeback is near.

"We have the gang problems," she said. "We have a lot of murders going on, we have the jobless rate, and we have poverty.  So we have to show them something different."

Though Webb lost her school board seat last year, she now has new conviction. Tears came to her eyes as she recalled her nephew's murder last August.

"We have to give them an alternative," she said. "Somebody has to step up, gather the people together because it's not a one-man show.  It's everybody working together for the common good."

And for the first time, Webb is speaking openly about the 2009 mayoral debate, when she had trouble getting her message across.

"I was actually terrified," she said.

Web said she has grown since then.

"I've been through a lot of things in my political career that walked me through to where I am today," she said. "I am not the same person that I used to be."

And Webb wants to share her vision.

"I will do all the good that I can - by all the means that I can - in all the ways that I can - in all the places that I can - for all the people that I can - every time that I can - as long as I can," she said. "I'm a voice for the common good."

So far, Webb and incumbent Edmund Ford, Jr.are the only two people in the District 6 race. The deadline to file is Thursday.

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