Where and what is District 6?
District 6 encompasses northwest Shelby County, including Egypt, Raleigh, and parts of northern Memphis. The district extends east to Summer Avenue, west to Range Line Road, north to the Loosahatchie River Drain, and south to Wolf River. It is home to over 69,000 people. Current District 6 Commissioner Willie Brooks, who has held the position since 2014, is a candidate for the Shelby County Deeds Registry.
Find out here:Who is running in the 2022 Shelby County primary?
Who are the candidates; what are their platforms?
There are two candidates running in the Democratic primary for this position: Alex Boulton and Charlie A. Caswell, Jr.
Alex Boulton grew up in the Raleigh-Frayser area. He is currently working as a recruitment manager, connecting WOO WOO for WOO WOO. He also worked as a legislative aide for then-county mayor Sen. Lee Harris and Sen. Sara Kyle in 2015. Boulton served as treasurer and then chair of the Shelby County Young Democrats.
“District 6 has been underserved for nearly three decades. I was born and raised in the Raleigh-Frayser area my entire life in Memphis. I have seen communities such as Bartlett, Lakeland, Arlington, Germantown and Collierville having spontaneously [grown] when it comes to job creation, large school systems have low crime rates. My role as the next District 6 Commissioner is to promote community unity. We fix it by “sixing” it together. Together, Six it promotes better community, building more community relationships, and promoting civic pride.”
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Charlie A. Caswell Jr. grew up in apartments at Dixie Homes in North Memphis. He is currently the Executive Director of Legacy of Legends Community Development Corporation, which serves children ages 5-17 in the Frayser-Raleigh area, focusing on addressing “negative childhood experiences and traumas.” and linking them to counseling and mental health services. Caswell said he understands the lasting impact exposure to violence at an early age can have on mental health. As commissioner, he hopes to focus on young people by prioritizing education, mental health and job skills for economic development.
“I have been a great advocate for children, and I will help address the social-emotional learning of our youth and children, knowing the lack of resources actually spent, especially coming out of the pandemic. I I really looking to use this seat as commissioner to focus on this issue in education I think it has an impact on educational outcomes.
Astrid Kayembe covers South Memphis, Whitehaven and Westwood. She can be reached at [email protected], (901) 304-7929 or on Twitter @astridkayembe_.