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Meet the Candidates: District 6

July 16, 2012

District 6 candidates for Shelby Co. Unified School Board (USB) Commissioner are Reginald Porter, Jr. and Jonathan Lewis.  Mr. Porter was interviewed on the July 27,2012 broadcast of Friday Viewpoint with Eddie Settles. Click below to listen:

District 6 Interview with Reginald Porter July 27, 2012

District 6 runs south of District 1. It is bordered by Getwell on the east and the Mississippi River on the west. The northern boundary includes parts of Kerr, the Frisco Railroad corridor, and Kimball.  If you are not sure if  you live in District 6, check by entering your street address at

USB District 6

Reginald Porter, Jr. , 39, currently holds the District 6 position on the interim USB. He was one of seven interim USB commissioners appointed by Shelby County Commission in October 2011.

Mr. Porter is a native Memphian and graduate of Central High School.  He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, earning a B.S. in mathematics and a master’s degree in Higher Education (College Student Personnel). After working at several colleges in student and academic affairs,  including the UT Health Sciences Center in Memphis, he joined FedEx, where he is an IT executive.


a member of the Leadership Academy‘s Fellows program, Mr. Porter received the Dean Deyo Award.  He is chair elect of MPACT Memphis in 2011 was named to Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40.

  Mr. Porter serves on the board of the   Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis and Aurora Collegiate Academy, a college-prep elementary charter school. He is a deacon at Metropolitan Baptist Church, where  his father Reginald Porter, Sr. is pastor. He has received the endorsement of Stand for Children, a grassroots advocacy group for education.

Mr. Porter’s wife Sonya is an assistant principal at Riverwood Elementary in Cordova. The Commercial Appeal Voters Guide profile of Mr. Porter includes this quote:

“I do not want us to settle with just doing what is ‘required.’ I would like us to challenge each other to strive for a world-class education.”

For more information about Reginald Porter’s experience, platform, and positions on issues, click on the links below:

Campaign Website

Reginald Porter on LinkedIn

Memphis Connect Profile

Reginald Porter on Twitter

Coalition for a Better Memphis (CBM) Position Statement

CBM Candidate Questionnaire

Stand for Children Endorsement

Commercial Appeal July 13, 2012

Commercial Appeal June 21, 2012

Commercial Appeal June 20, 2012 (Stand for Children endorsement)

Jonathan Lewis has not responded to our requests for biographical information or a photograph.  Memphis news media likewise have had no information to report about Mr. Lewis. To our knowledge,   he has not attended candidate forums. Mr. Lewis has told us that he is very busy campaigning door to door and that his work and campaigning are consuming all of his time. He was unable to appear on July 27’s Friday Viewpoint with Eddie Settles. If we are able to obtain any information on Mr. Lewis’s background, qualifications, or positions on school board issues, we will post it here.

If you have any questions for Mr. Porter or Mr. Lewis, post them below.  We will also post responses to our Back in River City Candidate Questionnaire as soon as they are received.

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