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Opinion | Let's make 2023 in Memphis the best it can be | Otis Sanford

Otis Sanford gives his point of view on what he thinks the New Year's resolutions for Memphis should be this year.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — I am usually not one for New Year’s resolutions. Primarily because I end up breaking them before the first month is over.

So for 2023, I am taking a different approach by offering up resolutions for Memphis. First, we should resolve to have a spirited and issue-filled campaign for Memphis mayor. Several quality candidates are already off and running – with others very likely to enter the race before long. This is clearly the most consequential mayoral contest in Memphis since 1991. It’s also the first regular city election since 1971 that there will not be an incumbent mayor running. So the stakes could not be higher.

Beyond that, let’s resolve to have a safer city in 2023. That means putting down the guns, stopping the carjackings and vehicle break-ins. And while we’re at it, let’s vow to slow down while driving and watch out for pedestrians. Memphis recorded far too many traffic deaths involving pedestrians in 2022 – and many of them were hit and runs. It happened on New Year’s Eve on Winchester east of the airport – when a female pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver who sped away. This is unacceptable and it needs to stop.

We live, work and play in a great city – and we all want what’s best for our community. So, happy New Year Memphis. Let’s make 2023 the best it can be.

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