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Shelby Co. Unified School Board District 3 Candidates (updated July 15)

July 15, 2012

Eddie interviewed Raphael McInnis and David Reaves, candidates for District 3 of the new Shelby Co. United School Board (USB), on Friday Viewpoint with Eddie Settles on July 29. The victor in the August 2, 2012 race will hold office for two years.

Click here for a recording of the broadcast:

District 3, 4 Interviews June 29

District 3 stretches across northern Shelby County. It includes Millington, Lakeland, Arlington, Bartlett, and Shelby Forest.  Candidates David Reaves and Raphael McInnis are both incumbents on the interim USB.

Map of District 3

Raphael McInnis, 29, was appointed by the Shelby County Commission to represent District 3 on the interim Shelby Co. Unified School Board (USB) in October, 2011.  He is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a 2005 graduate of the University of Tennessee ‘s College of Engineering. He is a Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Medtronic in their Spinal division. Medtronic named him to their Emerging Leader Program in 2010.

Mr. McInnis is endorsed by Stand for Children,  a grassroots advocacy organization. He also volunteered with Memphis City Schools‘ Our Children-Our Future project, tutoring Fairview Middle School students in math.

Raphael recently graduated from the Leadership Academy’s Fellow program in September 2010, where his team worked with Launch Memphis on alternative business models benefiting  low-income urban-core neighborhoods. He is also a supporter of the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South and The ARC Mid-South. Mr. McInnis and his wife Sharion live  in Bartlett with their son Matthew, who attends pre-school at Bon Lin Elementary School.

The Commercial Appeal included the following quote from Mr. McInnis in its July 15, 2012 Voter Guide:

“We have a great opportunity to create a world-class educational system that benefits all children in Shelby County . . .And as a parent, I am vested in making sure that the system is as strong and successful as possible.”

Click on the links below for more information about Mr. McInnis, his positions, and campaign information:

Campaign Website

Facebook Campaign Site

CBM Position Statement

CBM Questionnaire

Commercial Appeal “I Choose Memphis” profile

Stand for Children Endorsement

Commercial Appeal July 13, 2012 Candidate Profile

Commercial Appeal July 15, 2012  article

Commercial Appeal June 19, 2012

Commercial Appeal April 8, 2012

David Reaves is a native Memphian, a graduate of Bartlett High School and the University of Memphis (2000). He was elected to the Shelby County School Board in 2010 from District 3. Mr. Reaves is a compliance executive at FedEx.

His wife  Stephanie was his high school sweetheart. They have been married for 14 years. Their three children (Lauren Cady, 11; Harrison, 8; and Joshua, 7) are students at Bartlett Elementary and Appling Middle School.

From his position as Commissioner on the Shelby County School Board, Mr. Reaves actively fought against the consolidation of the Memphis and Shelby County school systems. He continues to advocate for smaller, community-based school systems within Shelby County and entities, such as charter schools, that permit more school autonomy.

Campaign Website

Facebook Campaign Site

David Reaves on Twitter

Personal Facebook

David Reaves on Linked In

Commercial Appeal July 15, 2012 article

Commercial Appeal July 13, 2012 Candidate Profile

Commercial Appeal June 19, 2012

Commercial Appeal April 12, 2012

Commercial Appeal April 8, 2012

Mr. Reaves did  not respond to the questionnaire sent to candidates by the Coalition for a Better Memphis.

If you are not sure if you live in District 3, click here to go to My, an awesome tool and product of Launch Memphis. Just enter your address to learn which district you are in for local, Tennessee, and federal elections.

We have submitted Candidate Questions to Mr. Reaves and Mr. McInnis and will post their responses here.  Meanwhile, you may ask them your own questions using the Comment box below.

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  1. July 11, 2012 7:01 pm

    Thansk for what you guys are doing on here.

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