Stand for Children backs school board candidates
By Ginger Spickler
As you may remember from last month’s article, the Memphis chapter of Stand for Children, a grassroots organization that works to mobilize citizens around the common goal of creating better educational opportunities for children, has thoroughly researched, interviewed and vetted the candidates for the upcoming school board elections.
We believe that every district has a quality candidate running, and if they are all elected, the new Shelby County School System will have a board that is truly standing for children, not special interests.
Here are Stand for Children’s endorsements for the school board elections coming up on Aug. 2:
District 1 – Chris Caldwell
District 2 – Tyree Daniels
District 3 – Raphael McInnis
District 4 – Kevin Woods
District 5 – Kim Wirth
District 6 – Reginald Porter
Billy Orgel is the current board chair and is running unopposed. Although he does not need our endorsement to secure his seat on the board we are excited to work with Billy on the policies that we agree upon. We will continue to build our relationship with Billy and work with the chairman to get results for all children.
The entirety of Cooper-Young is in District 1, so the Stand-endorsed candidate for our district is Chris Caldwell. Caldwell has been a very active parent of three children who are currently students in the Memphis City Schools. He was appointed by the county commission late last year to represent District 1 on the 23-member unified school board. As a commissioner for the past six months, he has the opportunity to get up to speed on the workings of the board and participate in planning for the merger. You can learn more about him on his campaign website:www.caldwellforschoolboard.com.
As members of Stand, we believe that our advocacy agenda, our education of parents and the community, and our electoral victories will push our school system past the tipping point towards the success we all imagine. We are well on our way but we need your support now so that we can push even harder.
Early voting runs July 13 through July 28 at select locations, so if you won’t be available to vote on August 2, please make sure to vote early. You can find early voting locations, along with other helpful information, on the Shelby County Election Commission’s website:www.voteshelby.com.