Electing Champions for Education Equity and Racial Justice

Electing Champions for Education Equity and Racial Justice

Shelby County General Election
Thursday, August 4, 2022

This year, we have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to vote for a new District Attorney, as Tennessee’s DA’s serve for 8-year terms (the longest in the nation). In addition to key offices in the criminal legal system, our entire County Commission is up for re-election – all 13 Commissioner seats and the County Mayor. We will also vote for MSCS School Board and judge positions in August, including Juvneile Court Judge. Districts 1, 6, 8, and 9 are up for election for the School Board. We need everyone to vote all the way down the ballot – these positions have enormous impacts on our youth and our future. 

We’re proud to announce our endorsements for the Justice System and County Commission! Endorsements for School Board candidates are still in progress and will be announced in the coming weeks. 

After a rigorous endorsement process, the candidates we endorsed in the May primary races demonstrated – through past experience, current perspectives, and stated goals – that they aligned most closely with our values of supporting youth opportunity and success (both in and out of school), improving public safety through non-punitive systemic approaches, and investing in our communities. We sincerely thank all of our endorsed candidates for running for office and for their commitment to Memphis and Shelby County. To the candidates who did not move on to the general election, we wish you all the best in your future work and hope we can continue to partner in different ways to create a brighter future for us all. 


All elections impact public health, public safety, and education equity. When elections take place – whether for City Council, County Commission, or the Criminal Legal System – we have to determine whether or not to get involved. Our member-driven endorsement process helps us understand if a candidate is a leader who will work towards true public safety where everyone has what they need to survive and thrive, and who will stand up for what is best for youth in our community.

Not just anyone can be endorsed by Stand for Children. We run a rigorous endorsement process. By using surveys, forums, and candidate interviews, our members and supporters have the opportunity to ask tough questions of candidates to understand where they stand on key issues. From there, we decide who has what it takes to be a champion for education equity and racial justice.

Once we endorse a candidate, we want that candidate to win. To help them do so, we engage our members and supporters to assist us with:

  • virtual organizing
  • phone banking
  • direct mail
  • radio ads
  • and other tactics

Electing equity and justice champions is a key part of co-creating a future where we can all feel safe and thrive. All together, we can create change.