Right now, the candidates expected to run in addtion to Carol are the Mayor himself (he needs to retire), former MLGW President Herman Morris, former County Commissioner John Willingham, and Memphis dentist Dr. Mark Roudebush.
While the the downtown area is more prosperous than ever before, the rest of the city outside the Poplar Corridor has gone to shit over the last few years, as the middle-class has been fleeing in record numbers in a multi-ethnic, multi-racial wave. Former Memphians have escaped to Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee, as well as the fastest growing county in Mississippi, DeSoto.
The major reason for the exodus is simple: crime. It has exploded over the last several years to the point where if you don't live downtown or the Poplar Corridor, you are not living in a safe environment. Mayor Herenton has gone through Police Directors like Spinal Tap went through drummers, and we are the worse for it.
I believe that Carol has the guts and the vision to do something about this situation. She will also be working with a City Council that will have several new members, if not a majority, so that we can have a fresh start and chance to turn the city around.
It will be hard to make a dent in the poverty in the city, at least until we have a Democrat in the White House, and that is a major cause for many of the problems that we have here. Carol will reach out, because whoever the mayor will be will have no choice. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, we must all hang together or we will surely hang separately.
So, there it is; I hope to see you there on Thursday night; then we can all go crash Drinking Liberally and bid adieu to Liz Rincon, the backbone of both the Mulroy and Cohen campaigns in 2006.