The Equity Alliance 2019 Nashville Voter Guide
Tue, May 28, 11:07 AM
Thank you for following up with me, Jon,
As I said, I’m writing on behalf of The Equity Alliance to invite you to be included in the 2019 Nashville Voter Guide for the upcoming August 1st election.
To be included in the guide, complete the questionnaire form below and attach a high-resolution headshot no later than Friday, May 31 at noon.
Launched in 2017, The Equity Alliance, a Nashville-based 501(c)3 nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, proactively advocates for African Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream.
For the August 1st election, The Equity Alliance—in partnership with DENOR Brands & PR—will publish the 2019 Nashville Voter Guide, a comprehensive digital and print publication to inform voters about the upcoming election. The guide will include unbiased candidate profiles, roles of each elected office, charter amendment explanations, polling locations and hours, voter ID requirements and much more.
The guide, which will be available for download at www.NashvilleVoterGuide.com, will be a free public resource for Nashville voters to make an informed decision in the voting booth on Election Day.
Last year, the Nashville Voter Guide was distributed and downloaded more than 9,000 times. Additionally, print versions guide is in print to several predominantly African American churches, businesses, and nonprofits to reach thousands more eligible voters.
Nashville Voter Guide - Candidate Profile Info Sheet
Please complete by May 31 at noon. For extensions, text Brandon at 615-xxxx.
Full Name *Jon Sewell
Elected office you are seeking: *Mayor
Are you the incumbent for this office? *
Previous public elected offices held:None
Current Employment/Occupation: *Carpenter Self-Employed
Education *BA Foreign Languages, BA Philosophy, BA Political Science (University of Memphis, 2004); MA, Latin American Studies (Vanderbilt University, 2006)
Community Affiliations (Limit to 5) *SAG-AFTRA Nashville Local, SNAP Neighborhood Association, Arts & Music Wedgewood-Houston, The Packing Plant arts center (Owner), SALT Weekly zine (Co(n)-Founder)
Choose your top 3 issues you have campaigned on. *
1. Expanding the Field: I'm running an unconventional outsider campaign to inject new ideas into the political discussion that are not being presented by my more-seasoned co-applicants. From Decriminalization of Drug Use and Sex Work to permanent street closures and even entertaining a free public transport network there are ways we can save lives and save money. Permanently ending corporate welfare schemes and implementing Impact Fees and Adequate Facilities/Development Taxes will provide appropriate and fair cost-sharing between our residents and our businesses that will allow for expansion of the priorities that impact residents most- from street safety initiatives (Total Street designs, artwork for traffic calming) to human capital infrastructure improvements in our schools even as encompassing as Universal Pre-K. Its possible folks.
2. Democratization of Decision-making Processes: From expanding limits on Board membership and providing mroe opportunities for Participatory Budgeting, there are ways we can save lives and save money by thinking big and helping those of our neighbors who suffer from addiction to power. We can limit board-bouncing just as we have applied term limits on elected officials, and get these people the proper help. Moreover, our election procedures can be updated to provide more democratic outcomes: finally pushing thru IRV/RCV (Instant run-off/Ranked Choice) can be just the beginning. We can also pursue Negative Voting and "None of the Above" options. For instance, its established history now that a percentage of Briley votes from 2018 were actually votes against Carol Swain: we can allow these type of input mechanisms to inform our outcomes better. To this end, I am also initiating a Campaign Reform Apprenticeship Program, building off my experiences from last year and new approaches this time around to help share my campaign experiences (the glamour and the grit) with the next generation. As we move to a better tomorrow, why not live it today.
3.Damn the Money: I'm running a money-free campaign: I plan to raise $0 and spend even less. We can live in a future without money corrupting politics by discussing the possibilities now. Money Talks- We can get serious about addressing a woefully insufficient local minimum wage and then we can get even more serious by discussing a Maximum Wage, whereby publicly funded municipal benefits are not accessible for companies with a CEO:average-wage of 50:1. Money Walks- we can initiate more money-free campaigns and not treat them as fringe movements by providing more inclusive political discussions and not limiting debates/forums based on campaign contributions. Democracy should be one person/one vote not based on donation Returns-On-Investment. We can lead by example and Damn the Money. "Don’t do it for the money. Do it and Be Damned to the Money."
Please upload a high-resolution headshot. File size must be 1MB or larger. *Files submitted:IMG_7982 re name - Jon Sewell.jpg