Thursday, June 28, 2007

A last-minute Write-In in District 89

I just got this tonight in e-mail, my friend Steve Edmundson, the long-time proprietor of Kudzu's and a teacher and coach at Central High for many years, has decided to make a last minute run as a write-in in District 89. I already have a candidate, but if anyone out there didn't feel comfortable with Jeanne, they could do a lot worse than Steve.

Contact: Steve Edmundson
Home: (901) 274-0762
Cell: (901) 412-0542

Progress Over Politics: Edmundson Announces Bid for Tennessee House District 89

(Memphis, TN—June 26th, 2007) Steve Edmundson, a lifelong District 89 resident announced today that he will run as a write-in candidate for the House Seat of that district in the elections to be held July 17th, 2007. Edmundson cited the need for new people with new ideas as one of his many reasons in making the decision to run for the seat.

“Like everyone else, I’ve heard complaints from people in the district that we need a candidate who is not closely lined with the current political arena in Memphis,” said Edmundson. “Rather than sit back and complain, I’ve decided it is time for me to step-up and do whatever it takes to impact change and make a real difference.” Edmundson also stated that fellow District 89 residents, including educators, business persons, neighbors and friends encouraged him to include his name in the race.

As an educator and small business owner, Edmundson brings his expertise to the problems faced by District 89. Edmundson, who currently teaches at Central High School and has been an educator in the Memphis City School system for 27 years, also owns and operates a successful neighborhood restaurant, Kudzu’s, which has been in business 17 years. With his significant background in education, Edmundson said that his primary focus, if elected, will be to redirect energies and maximize resources to improve the education system. “The process of how we fund our school system and educational programs at the state level needs improving and I plan to use my expertise in both education and finance to see that the right decisions are made. With my experience, I will be able to identify where budgets are being wasted,” he said.

Along with education, Edmundson’s grass-roots campaign, “Progress over Politics”, will focus on crime, neighborhood revitalization and the environment. Edmundson stated that he will work to fully fund neighborhood associations and arts’ councils and that he will keep a “watchful eye” on industrial businesses in the district to make sure environmental measurements are being met.

Steve Edmundson has been married to his wife, Cathy, for 32 years and has 3 children. At Central High, Edmundson teaches remedial math and English and also coaches golf. Edmundson’s involvement in the sports programs at Evergreen Presbyterian and Blessed Sacrament gives him unique knowledge in the development of youth programs. Edmundson is also a member of the Vollintine-Evergreen Neighborhood Association (VECA). He is a parishioner at St. Therese-Little Flower Catholic Church at 1644 Jackson Avenue.

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