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Dr. Jeff Warren - Future901 Endorsed Candidate

Future901 is excited to announce our endorsement of Dr. Jeff Warren as he runs for City Council Super District 9-3.

Dr. Jeff Warren is a family doc who came to Memphis in 1989 to finish his medical training at the University of Tennessee.   Jeff was won-over by the friendly folks and smoky barbeque, but most of all he was impressed by the determination of a diverse population tackling big issues.  He and his wife, KC, a native Memphian, decided to make Memphis their home. 

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Robert Donati
Book Review: "Dark Money"

As a friend of mine said, this book is a “must have” for your non-fiction library and she has bought over a dozen copies and gives them out to interested parties. I initially heard about this book, when the author, Jane Mayer, was interviewed on NPR. I ran to find a pencil, so I could order this interesting book. And, the book turns out to be a well researched accounting of over 50 years of conservatives efforts to control our government and what we, as progressive Democrats need to know, to reverse this control for the future.

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Robert Donati
Election Results and the 10 for 20 Test

After an exhausting 2018 election cycle, we now take stock in where we are in Tennessee and Shelby County.  Given the results of our top ticket races, it is easy to focus on the negative.  Bredesen and Dean ran well-funded, “moderate” races.  They did everything that the political class tells us that Democrats are supposed to do to prevail in Tennessee.  Then they both lost.  Soundly.

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Robert Donati
What’s at stake on November 6th?

These past few weeks leading to Election Day have felt like a feeding frenzy on what we all feel to be good about our country, our state, and our city. Victims of sexual assault across the country – myself included – are still reeling from the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice who does not possess the character or temperament to be a fair and impartial judge. Closer to home, Tennessee progressives are also reeling from Phil Bredesen’s statement in support of Brett Kavanaugh. And right in our back yard…

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Robert Donati
Allan Creasy - Future901 Endorsed Candidate

Allan Creasy was born and raised in Shelby County. He grew up in Bartlett and graduated from Bolton High School. “Being able to ride my bike to W. J. Freeman park, where I broke my arm on playground equipment as a child, playing t-ball, baseball, and soccer, was part of a suburban upbringing that shaped me. Seeing how the neighborhood has grown and evolved has been amazing.” He went on to study History at the University of Memphis on full academic scholarship.

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Robert Donati
Sanjeev Memula - Endorsed Candidate Bio

When I was barely two years old, my father made the decision to move his family to the United States from India. A move that would fundamentally change my life, and lead to the cherished career I have today. Like so many immigrants before him, my father was drawn to these shores because of the beacons of hope and freedom that echoed from the lighted torch from that most iconic symbol of freedom and democracy - the Statue of Liberty. He saw in this beacon the promise of a new life, a measure of freedom, a measure of compassion; he saw “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.”

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Robert Donati
Dwayne Thompson - Endorsed Candidate Bio

Dwayne Thompson was born and raised in Memphis. His parents came from West Tennessee and North Mississippi, both of them came to Memphis to escape poverty and find decent work. Dwayne attended public schools in Memphis and Shelby County and was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Political Science and Economics and later did graduate work in Business Administration. Dwayne served his country for 6 years in the U. S. Army Reserves.

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Robert Donati
Gabby Salinas - Endorsed Candidate Bio

Gabby is a healthcare advocate whose personal journey led her to run for office. 22 years ago her family immigrated from Bolivia to Memphis so that she could receive treatment at St. Jude. Thanks to the treatment she received at St. Jude, Gabby was able to beat cancer three times. 

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Robert Donati
The (Limited) History of Term Limits

In 2008, over 75% of Memphis voters cast their vote to limit the time in office for mayor and city council members to two consecutive terms. Earlier this year, 11 of the 13 city council members voted to put a referendum on the November 2018 ballot that would ask voters to approve a term limit extension to three consecutive terms. According to some city council members, there is a steep learning curve in the first term, but you start to hit a groove in the second term.

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Robert Donati