FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Guleff Asks Brian Stephens to Step Down
Memphis, TN – February 8, 2010 – Citizens of Memphis and Shelby County will soon get a historic opportunity to decide whether they want a consolidated government. Because this decision requires an honest and transparent debate, Shelby County mayoral candidate Tom Guleff is asking that Brian Stephens to step away from his duties as a Shelby County Election Commission Board member.
“Let's be honest, we have no idea who is secretly funding Brian Stephens’ work as executive director of the pro-consolidation group, Reinvent Government. This group continues to lack the transparency that is so desperately needed in government. The county voters deserve someone who is beyond reproach in administering free and fair elections, whether it is for a candidate or a referendum. He can’t wear two hats,” says Tom Guleff.
Guleff continues, “Clearly there is a conflict of interest, whether lawyers agree or not. There shouldn’t be even an appearance of a conflict of interest with our election commission officials. What is really needed is a commitment to good governance at all levels of public service. The hallmarks of good governance are transparency and openness. I hope Brian can find it in himself to do the right thing and choose between the two jobs.”