Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Charter Commission Position 5

John Branston- Many of you may be familiar for John who writes on city government for the Memphis Flyer. He also writes for the Memphis Magazine, I think. He said that he has sent all his kids to public schools. He also talked about his experiences having talked to city leaders for 25 years. He has looked at the charter and thinks that the first rule is to “first do no harm.” He also talked about the need to make as little change as necessary and to fully explain those changes to the public.

George Brown- He has been a local judge and a member of the school board. He thanked all the candidates for running and said that he intended to keep an open mind about what needed to be changed.

Russell Hensley- He’s a lawyer and a staff city attorney. He has litigated the city charter before and thinks it needs to be as specific and clear as possible.

Larry Henson- He’s a native Memphian who believes our government has become dysfunctional. He supports term limits, a “none-of-the-above” option on ballots, and to protect areas like the river promenade.

Robert Wayne West- He’s a businessman and on the alcohol commission. He’s also a Republican political consultant at times. He wants to get us to work together and avoid unintended consequences with the charter. He supports term limits, ethics reform, and addressing eminent domain.

Mary Wilder- She is an active volunteer and works for MIFA. She’s also the former director of the city’s rape crisis center. She thinks we need to not make changes lightly. She supports term limits, an ethics code, addressing conflicts of interest, and establishing a planning commission.

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