A Good Man

Councilman Myron Lowery wants to be our next mayor. I say this in case one of my viewers is from Timbuktu. For the rest of us Lowery's mayoral ambition comes as no surprise. For some time Myron has made it very clear that he feels that he has what it takes to be the mayor of Memphis. I've known Myron for years and I've never made any bones about the fact that I respect, admire and consider him a good friend.

As a community organizer I spend a great deal of my time attending neighborhood meetings, block parties, and townhall gatherings. I can honestly state that I've never seen ANY city official more responsive, more engaged, or more accessible than Myron. It's not just that he does his job, it's that he really enjoys doing his job.

Since I'm running for County Commissioner I decided to hold back on any endorsements and instead try to provide some insight to some of our wishful candidates, but after five terms as City Councilman few could argue with the fact that Lowery has served this City with distinction and dedication. For the next 90-days the honorable mayor pro tempore will take the helm (that's if Herenton actually steps down) and I for one will feel very comfortable with that.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well he has ninety days to prove himself.

Anonymous said...

Reginald, agreed Lowery is a good guy, but he is going to have stiff competition. This is going to be one dog fight!

Anonymous said...

Myron's not Mayor Herenton but he is his own man so that's fine with me.

lilaruby said...

my only experience with Lowery was very positive. Last Labor Day the Hurricane Gustav evacuees were in town from New Orleans. Many were being housed - with no support from Emergency Management and very inadequately - at Catholic High.

When I ran into Lowery at the midtown Labor Day Picnic, I told him the evacuees did NOT have adequate housing, food or supplies. He pulled out his cell phone and started making calls.

My husband and I stopped to buy a few things for the evacuees after the picnic; when we got to Catholic High, Lowery was there talking with officials. Before we left, Emergency Management people showed up taking inventory of what was needed by the evacuees.

It was my first - and only - interaction with Lowery, and I was SO impressed with Lowery's TAKE CHARGE attitude. He listened, understood the problem, and made things happen.

Not bad characteristics for a Mayor!

Anonymous said...

Myron for Mayor!

CSPAN said...

He is a good man. Which surprise me because its damn hard for a good person to get elected here in Memphis. Some how Councilman Lowery has slipped through and the city is better for it.

Anonymous said...

Myron is my 2nd choice but A C will make a better mayor. I appreciate Myron's role as a consensus builder and one who listens to and considers every side. I am concerned about his tendency to want to be over-involved. He should not have been part of the charter commission as a council member. He should resign his council seat when he takes the interim job. My experiences have not been the greatest with Lowery in recent years. On the charter commission, he and other commissioners were at my neighborhood meeting where he seemed disinterested in anything that citizens has to say, including some good ideas. Most of the other commissioners listened intendly and showed their appreciation.

The very fact that he has announced his staff and his plans as interim mayor shows poor political judgment. Anyone knows that willie is motivated by ego and his "legacy." He could withdraw his resignation at any time and now has decided to delay it to 7/30.

A C offers executive experience and quiet but effective leadership, exactly what we need now. He has had to work hard over the last 6 years to undo the damage of 12 years of Jim Rout and has done bitten the bullet while still keeping the public behind him.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Herenton is not resigning, it is all just a game to him. When will everyone in Memphis realize that his word means nothing and that it is always about what is best for Willie and not the citizens.

Anonymous said...

Just like you said Milton "if Herenton actually steps down." This man wants to be the center of attention. He is loving all the press hanging on his every word. Sure he'll run for Cohen seat and most likely will get it. The voters in Memphis are a sad lot.

Anonymous said...

Yea you need to change that from a good man to a man waiting. Lowery should have kept his mouth shut. He start talking about firing people and what he planned to do when he took over the mayor seat. Slick Willie heard that and changed his mind.

Anonymous said...

Simple --- Lowery should have kept his mouth SHUT! If he had Herenton would have left. You can't start talking stuff because Herenton ego can't take it.

Anonymous said...

Myron Lowery has to and will only keep his mouth shut and do what Jack Sammons tells him to do. Myron is in the Jack Sammons College of kissing up. If he does not kiss up like he is supposed to do, he will not have any support for the General Election. He will not win it but if he follows orders, will be allowed in the race. Myron already has his BA in kissing up, now he is going for his Phd. in kissing up. No way he will become Mayor. Mayor Pro Tem is it for Myron.

Anonymous said...

Folk who say Myron Lowery is a good guy have never ever had to work with him in any capacity. Everything he does and says is for his own political gain. He is rude, vindictive, self serving and full of himself.

My hope is that these 90 days will be his only days in City Hall!