PRESS RELEASE FROM CITY COUNCILMAN ERNEST BROOKS II
Two term Jackson City Councilman Ernest Brooks, II, District Three, has formed an exploratory committee to evaluate his candidacy for the county mayoral election on August 5, 2010. The committee made up of elected officials, clergy, business and community leaders throughout West Tennessee has retained a political consultant for polling, strategic planning and fundraising.
“The challenges that face Madison County, namely, jobs and economic development, public education, and crime and youth violence require new vision and leadership
,” said Brooks an attorney in private practice for over ten years.
The councilman is a member of the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council and the Tennessee Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy. “As county mayor, I would institute an agenda of economic development and job creation that fully exploits the potential of the West Tennessee megasite and solar farm
Brooks serves on the National League of Cities, Council on Youth, Education and Families. He is founder and chairman of the Jackson Do the Write Thing Challenge, a youth violence prevention program for middle school students. He also Co-chaired the 2007 Task Force on Public Education for the Jackson-Madison County School System.
“Despite double digit unemployment in Madison County, it is unfortunate that the leadership chose partisan politics, over aggressively pursuing federal stimulus funds and other available initiatives to create badly needed jobs for the county
Founder of the Annual 5,000 Cans of Food Hunger Project, Councilman Brooks is the recipient of the 2005 American Red Cross Elected Official of the Year Award and recently received the Humanitarian Award for outstanding community service during the Mother Liberty CME Church 139th Founders’ Celebration.
“The citizens of Madison County can no longer afford business as usual and are ready for a positive change.