Former County Commissioner Gets Backing of Progressive Group
In an email to supporters, the Tennessee Voter Project today announced they are endorsing Steve Mulroy for District Attorney in Shelby County.
In the announcement, the group noted:
Mulroy is a long-time activist, law professor at the University of Memphis, and former County Commissioner. He's a former federal prosecutor and civil rights lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department who has litigated many precedent-setting criminal cases here in Memphis and has taught a generation of prosecutors and defense lawyers.
Tennessee Voter Project says this about how it chooses candidates to endorse:
The Tennessee Voter Project invests in candidates who directly engage voters, particularly through door-to-door canvassing and voter registration efforts. We believe that’s how you turn out the vote. We believe that’s how you get a government that reflects the values of the public interest.
Mulroy's campaign website indicates he has received a number of prominent endorsements including from Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and state Senator Raumesh Akbari, among others.
Others endorsing Mulroy include Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk Heidi Kuhn, former County Mayor Joe Ford, and Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert.
In his endorsement of Mulroy, County Mayor Harris said that the key to success in the DA's office is a focus on reform, and that there is no better candidate to reform the DA's office than Mulroy.
Mulroy is challenging incumbent DA Amy Weirich. When it comes to reform, the Memphis Flyer notes:
Steve “sees flexibility in incarceration procedures as ways both of applying pure and fair-minded justice and avoiding the indiscriminate long-term pile-up of bodies that, he says, turns prisons into crime schools.”