MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Mayor Jim Strickland is getting ready for a ribbon cutting.
It’s part of the job of being mayor of the city. And he’s got it again for another four years.
Frankly, a mayor can get calluses between his thumb and forefinger doing all this ribbon cutting.
Apparently, the voters like what he’s doing.
Jim Strickland was clearly in a good mood at this ceremony Friday over at CTSI Global in East Memphis.
Less than 12 hours earlier, he was re-elected mayor with more than 60% of the vote.
“Obviously humbling. It felt very nice,” he said “I felt very honored and I’m very optimistic about the next four years.”
Defeating an incumbent mayor doesn’t happen much. The last time was four years ago, and yes it was Jim Strickland that defeated then Mayor A C Wharton.
Former Mayor Willie Herenton never lost an election, until he resigned from office. In the last decade, he has been in two races and lost them both.
Which brings us back to Strickland.
“I was back at work early this morning,” the Mayor said. “Our senior advisory team meets every Friday. We had our regularly scheduled meeting. To me, it was just a normal workday.”
It was anything but a normal workday. He now knows that the overwhelming majority of voters like what he has done, and what he plans on doing.
“We’ve got to do something about litter,” he said. “We haven’t been able to have enough money or resources to do something serious about litter. I’d like to really look into that next year.”
It is an example of brilliant at the basics chapter two.