When I look around, there is nothing I want more than to see our neighborhoods through the innocent lens of my childhood. However, I can’t do that. We have tremendous opportunities in District 8 and – with your support – I am committed to tackling them.

Attorney JB Smiley, Jr. is a native Memphis with a vision for tackling the unique challenges that merge some of the County's poorest zip codes and two of its most upscale neighborhoods into one zip code. 

As County Commissioner in District 8, Smiley aims to build upon the success of Downtown's revitalization efforts and expand those efforts North and South to create livable neighborhoods for all.

What are his priorities when designing "livable neighborhoods," you ask? Smiley will use his post as a legislator and advocate to:

  • incentivize establishing affordable grocery stores within one mile of every household, 
  • improving access to County services like health clinics and the Shelby County Sheriff Department's community policing efforts, 
  • supporting small businesses so that they can expand and hire local employees, 
  • fully investing in education and wraparound support for youth and young adults, and
  • expanding the legislative efforts and incentives used to recruit restaurants, entertainment venues, and businesses to Downtown.

Smiley believes in an approach to leadership that addresses the root causes of issues faced in District 8 – not merely the sensationalized symptoms.

“We can’t address healthcare challenges without offering greater support to the community clinics and non-profits in the area. We can’t be champions of economic prosperity for all while ignoring the limited jobs, lack of transportation and job skill gaps that adults are facing. We can’t say that children are our future while stripping them of the quality education that they deserve.”

As a newcomer to the world of politics, JB Smiley, Jr. will need help from other activists, advocates, and change agents who are ready for a new approach to public service. With your support, we'll reach more residents in District 8, secure more votes, and celebrate a big victory on May 1 at the primary.


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    “We need fighting activist. Mr. Smiley was mandated to serve the people. He stands up for the oppressor Social injustice.”

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    “Mr. Smiley is dedicated and committed to helping others. I raised him that way!”

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    “Attorney JB Smiley Jr. is an exceptional young man with a heart for the people and a skillset to get the job done.”

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    “Mr. Smiley, brings the best positive vibe and can do attitude to this campaign. He is a role model for our youth and the change agent we seek in our community!”

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    “I gladly endorse JB Smiley, Jr. because of his care for justice and his practical problem solving abilities, sorely needed at this time.”

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    “I support JB Smiley because he has the right mixture of intelligence, compassion and experience to make decisions that help his constituents and the county as a whole. I admire his tireless advocacy and the genuine passion he has for the people in our community.”

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    “I endorse JB Smiley Jr. because he’s a man of character.”

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    “I endorse JB Smiley because I want what’s best for downtown.”

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    “JB embodies the character that we need in a leader and the commitment to change that we need in District 8. Under his leadership, Shelby County WILL become better - not for the few but for all. I'm proud to be a part of #TeamSmiley”

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