We live in a democratic republic, where the individual essentially is the government. Those who do not understand that – and participate at that level – will not get what they need out of the government.

If you’re reading this and you’re 18 years or older, you should vote – every race, every election. Here at The New Tri-State Defender, we’re encouraging you to take the additional step of being an INFORMED voter.

Browse profiles below. Simply select a race and candidate you’d like to know more about, as well as their responses to questions about their qualifications, land use, and using government incentives to attract businesses.

We offered our questionnaire to all candidates that we had contact information for. If you are a candidate and would like to respond to the survey, send an email to Lee Eric Smith, [email protected]

And remember: don’t just cast a vote . . . cast an INFORMED vote!

Candidates for: Mayor, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council – District 1, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council – District 2, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council – District 3, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council – District 4, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council – District 5, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council – District 6, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council – District 7, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council - Super District 8 - Position 1, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council - Super District 8 - Position 2, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council - Super District 8 - Position 3, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council - Super District 9 - Position 1, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council - Super District 9 - Position 2, City of Memphis

Candidates for: City Council - Super District 9 - Position 3, City of Memphis

Candidates for: Court Clerk, City of Memphis

Candidates for: Municipal Judge – Division 1, City of Memphis

Candidates for: Municipal Judge – Division 2, City of Memphis

Candidates for: Municipal Judge – Division 3, City of Memphis