Press Release from Zach Wamp for Governor, April 11, 2010:
NASHVILLE – Zach Wamp, Republican candidate for governor, met this morning in Memphis with former Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons for an in-depth briefing on crime prevention and criminal justice issues. Gibbons also took Wamp on a tour of the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center where they were joined by Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell, Jr.
Following their meeting this morning, General Gibbons spoke with reporters about his briefings with Wamp, including a discussion of specific challenges facing the people of Shelby County and many of the crime prevention programs now in use there.
“First of all, I want to thank Congressman Wamp for taking the time to come to 201 Poplar this morning. Sheriff Luttrell and I had an opportunity to brief him on many of the challenges that we are facing, along with Director Godwin and those who work with us at this building, as well as brief him on a number of things we’re trying to do to move us in the right direction,” said Gibbons.
“We talked a little bit this morning about our Operation Safe Community plan, which is a plan, a very specific plan, to move our community in the right direction on the issue of crime,” Gibbons said. “We need a governor in this state who takes the issue of public safety seriously and who goes to work every day with a lot of energy and passion determined to do something about it.”
Wamp pledged during his stop that as governor the City of Memphis, Shelby County, and public safety issues across the state would be a top priority for him from day one.
“I’ve made safe communities and security in our state a defining part of my 20/20 Vision for an Even Better Tennessee, and today I saw first-hand here in Memphis from my good friend Bill Gibbons and others about what we’re doing right and some of the tough challenges that still remain,” Wamp said.
Wamp was in Memphis today as part of a West Tennessee campaign swing that began Sunday with stops in nearby Haywood and Madison counties. Wamp will also meet with regional Chamber and business leaders for a discussion on new job creation and economic development while in Shelby County.
“Memphis matters to me. It matters to the future of Tennessee. The success of Shelby County should be important to every citizen in our state,” Wamp said. “Just because I didn’t grow up in Memphis doesn’t mean I won’t be committed to Memphis. In fact, because I am not from here, one of the areas I will devote the most time and energy to as governor will be Shelby County.”
During the visit with Gibbons, Wamp pledged to continue his long-standing work with law enforcement to help combat methamphetamine production across Tennessee. He also made clear his strong support for and advocacy of drug courts and alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders as a way to help free up more jail and prison space across the state to keep violent repeat criminal offenders locked up and off our streets.
For more information about Zach Wamp and his campaign for governor, please visit the campaign online at www.ZachWamp.com.