MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- Mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer spoke to hundreds at a MICAH event Sunday, following recent backlash over controversial tweets.
The Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope held a public meeting at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, where city and community leaders were invited.
Local 24 uncovered more than 300 tweets. Some as recent as six years ago, with Sawyer talking about being drunk or drinking.
In 2010, Sawyer tweeted things like: “Cops just got a dude on my block with a DUI. Thanking god for all the times i made it home without fail..like tonite.”
Sawyer addressed the controversy by telling attendees that her mistakes are what make her a better option to lead the city.
“There have been things that I’ve said or done that have not made me a perfect person but it has made me an even better candidate,” she said.
“Because I know the road that I have to walk to get what I want in this city, which is equity and opportunity for all of us.”
Sawyer also tweeted about homophobia saying she outed a closeted lesbian while in school.
On Saturday, Sawyer apologized in a blog saying in part there are tweets that show a woman who still hadn’t come to terms with her homophobia and that she wasn’t being a voice for all.
The candidate declined to speak with Local 24 one-one-one after the event.
Native Memphian and candidate Terrence Boyd also spoke at the church.
He says Herenton was his inspiration to join the race.
“I’m bringing love to the city and I want to bring hope,” said Boyce. “It doesn’t matter how you situation is. If you’re poor or rich you’ll be able to be successful.”
Incumbent Jim Strickland told Local 24 he had a conflicting event, which prevented him from attending the forum.
Former mayor Willie Herenton told MICAH organizers he would come, but he did not show up.