Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer is a young progressive running to unseat Mayor Jim Strickland in the October election. This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, Sawyer joins Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries and host Eric Barnes to discuss her political platform.
Sawyer believes that Strickland's administration is oppressing black people, "especially black women." She says she wants to be an influencer and advocate for Memphis citizens who are often marginalized by government.
If elected mayor, Sawyer says she plans to institute new budget priorities and stronger oversight of the judicial system and tax incentive programs in the city and county.