Herenton for Memphis Mayor, 2019

Friends:

It is after thoughtful consideration and with great resolve and deep determination that I share with you my decision to re-enter public service as a 2019 candidate for the office of Mayor of Memphis.

I am, and have always been, a man of the people, from the people, and for the people of Memphis. It is evident throughout my career in both education and public service; through my advocacy and actions; and in my relationships and daily communications. During these conversations with ordinary folks, citizens often share with me their concern about the direction of our city. In fact, many of these conversations include a request that I return to the ring – the ring of public service.

Although it is true that, historically, I am the longest serving elected mayor of Memphis with 17 years in office; it is also true that I am now 78 years old. Still, age is just a number and I am physically fit, mentally sharp, and quite healthy. Instead, the question I had to ask myself was whether I could still make a difference and positively influence the lives of our citizens. My answer to this question is a resounding yes.

In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, author Rick Warren asks the question: What on Earth am I here for? Born and reared in South Memphis and granted the privilege of serving my hometown in many important capacities, my purposeful life is one of public service – serving the men, women, and children of this community.

My record of achievement speaks for itself, not that there weren’t a few mistakes made along the way. However, we learned from our failures and directed this city toward unprecedented progress economically, culturally, and socially. During my time in office, the City of Memphis experienced significant growth through public/private partnerships that produced a downtown resurgence, including AutoZone Park, FedEx Forum, an NBA franchise, and the vision for a revitalized riverfront. On top of these significant achievements, we ended our tenure with a fund balance of nearly $100 million in reserves.

I do not make the decision to run for mayor lightly, nor do I take your support for granted. There is work to be done and I am eager to roll up my sleeves – and together with a top notch, diverse team – move Memphis toward the progressive city it is destined to be. There is an unfinished agenda on the table and, with your help, I am the candidate to move it forward.

Sincerely,

WW Herenton

Volunteer

Elect Willie Herenton, Mayor | October 3, 2019

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