My Turn with Mike Matthews: One person can make a difference, even if he loses

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) We’ve lost touch. I mean, it’s true. We are supposed to be a government where the average guy can decide to run for office to be a public servant. Now it takes millions to run for a political office, even locally.

We often laugh at somebody who isn’t a politician, who isn’t well known, who isn’t wealthy, but wants to serve. I’ve seen them for years.

A candidate for President drove through Springfield, Massachusetts, one year in a beat up Chevrolet, asking strangers for gas money. He wanted to get the U.S. away from using paper money and go back to using gold coins. OK, he was a little different.

This week I ran into a man running for Memphis Mayor. A truly nice guy, a pastor, a businessman, and he says he just wants to help. And he doesn’t have a chance to win.

But he raised a lot of money in the first three months of this year, more than any other candidate for Mayor with the exception of incumbent Jim Strickland.

His name is Lemichael Wilson. He just wants to help. He says being Mayor is like being a Pastor: there are people in need, and it is the job of a Pastor and a Mayor to help.

He asked for donations of $65 dollars, just one-time donations from people.

He chose sixty-five because, “When I get elected,” he says, “I will be the 65th mayor of this city.”

I don’t think the founding fathers expected public service to be only for the wealthy, or the politically connected. We have seen a lot of people who are chronic candidates, people who run every election year for just about every office they can.

Lemichael Wilson says, if he wins, he will serve one term. If he loses, he will never run for another political office again.

He just wants to help, and all the Herentons, and Sawyers, and Stricklands should think about what he says.

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