Confirming weeks of rumors, Tami Sawyer, well-known progressive activist and member of the Shelby County Commission, announced this morning that she is, as much advance speculation had it, running for mayor of Memphis.
In an online post, Sawyer says, “I’m running to be the next Mayor of Memphis. On our 200th anniversary as a city, we can’t wait any longer for equity and opportunity to be the values that drive our city forward. Let’s do this together, Memphis.
She then attaches a “launch video to hear why we can’t wait”:
A native Memphian, Sawyer has in recent years become a major force in civic and political affairs as an activist leader who spearheaded a grass roots movement to remove Memphis' downtown Confederate monuments as improper images for the future of the city as she and others saw it.
Her ever-mounting influence and reputation among progressives became the platform from which she launched and won a campaign for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Commission in 2016.