District 2 candidates motivated by public corruption - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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District 2 candidates motivated by public corruption

Longtime Memphis City Councilman Brent Taylor decided his top priority should be his business so Taylor is not running for re-election.

Though Taylor is leaving politics with a clean slate, it seems many candidates in the District 2 race were motivated to run because they're fed up with public corruption.

Todd Gilreath is a wholesale mortgage banker. "There's got to be a serious degree of integrity and trust in your elected officials. Not the feeling that everyone may be on the take," says Gilreath.

Political veteran, Bill Boyd, felt the council failed at ethics reform and needs more influence in state law. "I see no reason why the city council should not take the initiative and present laws to our legislative delegation," adds Boyd.

Retired banker, Georgia Cochran Cannon, says corruption distracts the city from bigger issues. "Livable wages for our workers, bringing the cutting edge industries that would pay for those kind of jobs."

Paint Store Manager Daniel Price had the same concern saying, "We haven't had a raise for firemen and police in a few years, but yet they talk about a new stadium when your inner city is crumbling and crime is rampant."

Small business owner: Daryl Benson adds, "you've seen a lot of malfeasance, you're seen a lot of corruption. We as citizens of this city deserve better and we demand better."

UPS Courier, Ivon Faulkner, says it's about integrity. "We have a very polarized city and I think a lot of time that polarization is brought about by our leaders," he adds.

All the candidates said crime was a top priority, but school teacher, Karen Camper says prevention comes first.

"In that middle ground where most of the people are, we have to concentrate on intervention and prevention," she says.

Attorney and business owner, Brian Stephens, who helped push for tougher sexually oriented businesses rules, says he wants to clean up the city to draw new business.

"We have to start teaching them a tangible skill and then go out and entice those businesses to come here," says Stephens.

Small business owner Scott Pearce says being tougher on crime will help raise property values without raising taxes.

"With all the annexation we've had in the past, one of the things we've had is flat or depreciating property values," says Pearce.

Another crime issue for District 2 is the annexation fallout. Many voters worried that stretched our police force too thin.


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