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Hi! I am Shirelle Dakota Brown, and I am the former Legislative Assistant and Grant Coordinator with the Shelby County Board of Commissioners where I single-handedly managed 2.65 million dollars of the County Budget as the Grant Coordinator and operated as the assistant to the Budget Chairman where I planned and coordinated the budget retreats that takes place annually where all the departments funded under the umbrella of the Shelby County Government budget would congregate to discuss future expenditures and created the grant system that is still in place today. Simply put, I have been exposed to the numbers. 

As a native Memphian, I have lived my entire life in district 7, which is primarily all of North Memphis, Frayser, and a portion of Raleigh, and has operated as a behind the scenes community advocate primarily for single parent households, small businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations, as well as the homeless populations and am looking forward to expanding on my philanthropic reach and efforts.

I am an independent candidate so that I will not fall out of compliance with the partisan rules and regulations when working with opposing parties on behalf of my constituents. My main motive for running for office is to be a voice and an advocate for the residents of district 7 and residents of Shelby County abroad regardless of their political party.  I am the most qualified candidate because I have been able to shadow the commissioners and other government officials and have learned the ins and outs of what it means to be a commissioner. My primary areas of focus to evoke changes are:

  • Mental Health Awareness & Programs(repeat offenders, violent crimes, creating alternative resources to deter criminalizing mentally ill offenders, parental support, youth development)
  • Economic Development & Urbanism Projects in Inner City Areas (partnering with community stakeholders to rebuild underserved areas and deter gentrification)
  • Small Business Support (sustainability & expansion, 2nd chance programs, placement, transportation alternatives)

My motto is, I am a new voice, a new choice, let’s work together, meaning, I am ready to sit at the round table with all parties necessary to create sound solutions that will turn Memphis from being a repulsive place to live to a safer and thriving place that serves as a blue print for other cities to follow. Vote Shirelle-Dakota Brown on Aug 4, 2022 and I encourage everyone to early vote due to the recent district changes. 

Questions to Ponder to Yourself:

  • Did you know in the state of Tennessee, you are not required to register to a political party?

That’s right, you are not obligated to choose to be Democratic or Republican and actually have full autonomy to vote for whoever you want to.

  •  Do you honestly know why you identify as a Democrat or as a Republican or are you only following the trends of those around you so you won't feel left out?
  • Are you torn in-between which party to identify with, so as a result you just choose not to vote?
  • Did you know that there are benefits to both parties that can help us all operate united and not divided?
  • Do you know the duties of a County Commissioner so to recognize the limitations that most candidates claim to have power to change?
  • Do you conduct research on the candidate, or do you only vote blindly according to the party they represent due to your loyalty to the party?
  • Are you afraid of being ousted, bullied, and ostracized by family, friends, and leaders because of favoring the ideas of one party over another? Know your rights. You can swing vote in the general election. Many do it.
  • Did you know that there are many candidates who run for office as a Democrat but actually vote as a Republican and vice versa, but if they are discovered then they are likely to be oust by their own party?
  • Did you know that the founding framers of the Constitution predicted that if political parties emerged, they would cause division amongst the people where they would no longer think for themselves individually, but would only go with the majority for fear of standing alone? 

Why Choose Shirelle? 

She's a new voice for the people, and a new choice in leadership, who is willing to work with all residents of Shelby County regardless of party- hence her motto, "Let's work together." If we want to see different, we must vote differently.

Shirelle "Dakota" Brown, a single-mother, business owner, retired & former 20+ year combined Memphis Police Department, Sheriff's Office, Real Time Crime Center Intern, and former Shelby County Board of Commissioner's Grant Coordinator and Legislative Specialist. Shirelle was able to shadow the Commissioner's during the budget meetings and hearing, and she also accompanied them to the government official's conferences that takes place annually all over the United States. Ms. Brown prepared the ordinances and resolutions approved and passed by the commissioners' on the committee floor.

Ms. Brown also holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology, is an 18-year licensed Cosmetologist, former mentor for Youth Villages, and a 40+ yearlong Memphis native of District 7, who is a visionary, well-versed in government relations, and is prepared to represent and serve the citizens of District 7 and Shelby County abroad as County Commissioner.  Shirelle can correspond with people from all walks of life due to the advantage of having multi-faceted exposures and experiences from various encounters throughout her life as a resident of Shelby County in general.

Shirelle boldly stands as an unbiased and politically-free agent who is solely focused on dismantling the barriers and divisions that has existed within the political parties and has kept us operating as a segregated people for far too long. Shirelle is breaking trends on how both political parties view the opposing party more negatively & will create bridges that alleviate the rigid partisan strongholds that has kept Memphis stagnant and behind other progressing cities. 

Shirelle Brown is the most qualified candidate who is a true servant who cares more about being impactful in the role than impressive with a title and is a new choice who is willing to work with all political and community stakeholders and residents to propose new legislation, amend existing laws and policies that are tailored to find a happy medium for all residents of Memphis regardless of their political party, religion, sex, race, class, or status.  

Spread the word. On August 4, 2022 vote Shirelle "Dakota" Brown for County Commissioner District 7 Early vote July 15-30th 2022.  

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