This city is starving for leadership. Well, that and barbecue. But mostly leadership.
Unfortunately, we have Mayor Herenton instead. Even if you set aside the rampant corruption and cronyism that have rendered his administration Bush-esque, you're still left with a mayor whose idea of economic expansion consists of annexing everything that stands still too long.
The budget deficit, depending on who you ask, is anywhere between $25 million and $30 million. The complete absence of common sense in the use of PILOT programs is keeping poor Memphians poor while they live in parts of the city that the mayor has completely given up on. This city is so opposed to a living wage under Herenton's stewardship that not even the police that keep our streets safe can get a simple cost of living adjustment.
Put the Herenton administration in charge of the Sahara, and it will run out of sand in less than a week. But they'll have already filed the paperwork to annex the Mojave.
This is no way to run a city. The people of this city deserve economic expansion, and they deserve to raise their children on safe streets.
Enter Mrs. Deidre Malone. She's on the Shelby County Commission and serves on seven committees, chairing the Community Services Committee and Vice Chairing the Education and Libraries Committee.
But even when you get beyond that, you find something that you don't find in Herenton. You find a moral center that shines through in her work.
She ran the PR department at St. Jude's for years before establishing her own successful PR firm. And who better is there to sell new businesses on the virtues of coming here than a PR person?
This city aches for leadership so badly that even a professional wrestler with no governmental experience managed to pull off a decent amount of votes when he ran for mayor here.
Just imagine how well someone with administrative and legislative experience, who manages to work with both parties without selling out her values, can do in this race.
Deidre Malone for Mayor.
***Disclaimer: I have never spoken to Deidre Malone about this. This arose out of a conversation with a few good friends the other night about who could fill the power vacuum in this town.