Memphis Mayor Strickland will seek re-election

Memphis Mayor Strickland will seek re-election

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced he will seek a second term as mayor.

" It has been the honor of my life to serve as your Mayor, and I am asking again for your support so together we can build on the progress and opportunities that stand before us," Strickland said in a statement.

He's also released a campaign website listing his accomplishments as mayor. Click here to read them.

You can read his full announcement below:

Today I announced that I will seek re-election as Mayor of Memphis. It has been the honor of my life to serve as your Mayor, and I am asking again for your support so together we can build on the progress and opportunities that stand before us.We have accomplished much during my first three years as Mayor. I am most excited about the unprecedented growth in jobs and economic development in our city. More than 18,000 more Memphians are working today. Unemployment is near-record low. More than $15 billion in development is happening in Greater Memphis, and for the first time in decades, more of that is happening inside our city limits than outside of them. Memphis has momentum, and we will attract more businesses and jobs by providing a reliable,responsible government. I believe we can continue to build on the amazing progress and momentum now before us. I believe we can create even more jobs and better opportunities for all our workers. I believe the challenges and roadblocks that have held us back in the past, including crime and poverty, though monumental, are not insurmountable. We can seize the future ahead because today, for the first time in a generation, we can see that future with clear eyes. I have listened to you. I have learned from you. Your input has made me a better Mayor. I look forward to the campaign ahead and the chance to further share our goals and vision for the next four years.
Jim Strickland

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

Mayor Strickland sat down with WMC5 to lay out his second term priorities, most of which include building on what his administration has done over the past three-and-a-half years.

More police officers, decreasing violent crime, and spreading out economic prosperity are among the highlights.

“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,” Mayor Strickland said.

Numbers provided by the mayor’s campaign show since his first announcement for mayor through December of 2018, his approval rating amongst local voters continued to climb.

Mayor Strickland, along with former Memphis mayor Willie Herrenton, are among the two high profile candidates who've made the official mayoral run announcement.

WMC Action News 5′s Political Analyst Michael Nelson projects Strickland will win re-election fairly easily.

“You’ve got a number of people who want to be mayor of Memphis but what they know is Jim Strickland can only serve one more four-year term and then it will be an open seat,” Nelson said.

“I am not focused on who is going to run or who the opponent is going to be,” Mayor Strickland said. “I am focused on our record and conveying what our record has been and what our vision for the future is.”

We're still several months away from candidates pulling petition paperwork, which happens in May.

The election is October 3.

Strickland said he’ll hit the campaign trail sooner starting in the next few weeks.

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