Meet the Shelby County Commission District 11 Democratic Candidates
Where and what is District 11?
Shelby County Commission District 11 extends from Airways Boulevard to Hickory Hill Road and encompasses sections of Fox Meadows, Hickory Hill, Oakhaven, Parkway Village, and Whitehaven.
Losing just over 2,000 people between 2010 and 2020, the district now has just over 70,000 inhabitants. Three candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for the position, and the winner will likely run unopposed in the general election.
The county primary is on May 3, with early voting from April 13 to April 28. General elections are held on August 4.
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Who are the candidates; what are their platforms?
Miska Clay Bibbs is currently a member of the Shelby County School Board and Chief of Staff for Teach For America in Memphis. Born and raised in Memphis, Clay Bibbs first considered running for commissioner during the pandemic, when she noticed how central schools were to her community.
“I noticed how the infrastructure is not what it should be in our city, in our city, it was kind of fuel for my fire around ‘what can I do to strengthen our community? ‘” Clay Bibbs said. “My tagline is ‘Strengthening 11 Together’ because we are a strong community, but we just need some extra support to get us back to where we need to be.”
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candy jones is a community activist currently opening her own marketing business. Born and raised in Memphis, Jones never ran or held political office, but held positions with the Shelby County Democratic Party. Jones’ campaign emphasizes increased funding for schools and economic development.
“I always wanted to run because I always wanted to change my community,” Jones said. “I feel like we need a new vision and perspective and I think I bring the energy and the commitment to the role. I think I have a lot of relationships that exist already in government and politics that would make the job a little easier for me to do.”
Eric Winston is the senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in South Memphis. He previously ran for District 11 Shelby County Commission headquarters in 2018, losing to incumbent Eddie Jones in the primary. Jones won the general election uncontested but cannot run in 2022 due to term limits.
“I want to see a decrease in crime, I want to see an increase in education and the availability of education, I want to see an increase in the assessment of health care and the attention given to this community , addressing the issues that are really suffocating this community like breast cancer, to name just one,” Winston said. “And I just want to help our people in our area grow more businesses and be more economically conscious.”
Gina Butkovich covers DeSoto County, storytelling and general news. She can be reached at 901-232-6714 or on Twitter @gigibutko.