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Michael Whaley - Endorsed Candidate Bio

Future901 is excited to endorse Michael Whaley as he runs for the Shelby County Commissioner for District 5. Future901 will be hosting a Meet & Great early February where the public is invited to meet all Future901 endorsed candidates and donate to their campaigns. Read on to learn about Michael and how he hopes to build a greater Shelby County:


Michael Whaley is the founding Director of Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) in Memphis where he works with current and former teachers to build their civic engagement and leadership. Prior to joining LEE, Michael served as the Founder and Executive Director of Memphis College Prep, a kindergarten through fifth grade public elementary school. Michael is active in several local community and civic boards, including the Downtown Memphis Commission, and Let’s Innovate Through Education (LITE). Whaley is also a graduate of the New Memphis Institute Fellows program and the Leadership Memphis Executive Class. A member of the 2006 Teach For America corps in Memphis, Michael taught elementary school with Memphis City Schools before being selected for the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, nationally recognized for its rigorous, year-long training program in school leadership.  Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy from Southern Methodist University.


Why I’m Running

Both my parents are educators, and from an early age I learned the importance of a great education. I learned to value the community of a strong neighborhood to live in where my brother and I could safely play. And I learned the value of working hard, living within your means, and working together to get results.

I’m running for the County Commission because I believe that our neighbors share many of these same ideas.  But today’s broken political system is out of touch. It’s time for fresh, purposeful leadership, and a vision for the future that moves away from divisive politics and starts uniting us through our shared values.

Our campaign is focused on putting community first - quality education, safe neighborhoods, and fiscal responsibility. We should be tough on crime and even tougher on the underlying causes of crime. We must invest in the quality of our schools and the strength of our neighborhoods, and put community before partisan politics.

As a teacher and school leader, I’ve seen the positive impact that a great school can have in a neighborhood, and the opportunity it can create for future generations. With your help, we can make the County Commission more responsive to you, your family, and our community.

This won’t be easy, but our community is worth fighting for. Over the coming months, I look forward to hearing more about what matters to you and your family, and moving Shelby County forward together.

To learn more: Michael Whaley for Shelby County Commission, District 5
To donate: https://action-michaelwhaley.nationbuilder.com/

Contact: mwhaley@michaelwhaley.com; www.michaelwhaley.com


Robert Donati