Former Jackson city councilman creates Facebook page to engage community

The Jackson Sun’s favorite child, Scott Conger, has finally decided to return to Facebook after an absence of several years. The young Mr. Conger is attempting to smile his way into the Mayor’s office in the city of Jackson.

The Jackson Sun reported that:

Conger created a Facebook page several weeks ago to reach out to the city’s younger demographic, get them more engaged in what is going on in Jackson and ultimately keep them here once they graduate from high school or college.

“It’s important for us to get involved,” said Conger, who was the youngest Jackson city councilman ever elected when he took his seat in 2011. “It’s our time to be great. We have to be involved if we want to shake up the city and county to be a community where we want our kids to live and grow a family, and continue to thrive. We’re sitting on a bunch of opportunity and potential, and we have to get involved to build a city for the 21st century and move forward.”

Scott Conger with Friends at Frank McMeen’s home

Conger took his position in 2011 with the support of gay rights activist Frank McMeen, president West Tennessee Health Care Foundation, who also hired Conger as an employee. As a councilman, Conger, a Democrat, voted along with a majority of his fellow councilmen and gave the residents of Madison County the highest property tax increase since the 1980’s when his own grandfather was Mayor.

Will this strategy work?

Sixty-three percent of voters in the 2015 Jackson mayoral election were over the age of 65, those who represent 24 percent of the voting population, and 13 percent of voters who voted in the election were under the age of 55, despite the under-55 voting bloc representing 56 percent of the voting population, according to the Madison County Election Commission.

The odds are not in his favor.

Conger said those statistics will have to change in upcoming elections for Jackson to become a city that includes everyone, as the demographic trends in a younger direction, and not one voting bloc.

This older demographic has increased its influence since the 90’s and it is not viewed likely to change.

 

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