Our Midtown Republican Club has heard from two candidates seeking Jim Strickland’s City Council seat: Dan Springer and Charles “Chooch” Pickard. Tomorrow night at 6 at Cafe Eclectic, you have the opportunity to meet another one – Worth Morgan.
If his name sounds familiar, it is, because he’s the son of Allen Morgan, who helped found and was chairman of Morgan Keegan fame. Worth Morgan is just 28, but has managed to raise $155,900 in the period from January 16 to March 31. That’s more than most City Council races raise and close to amounts the mayoral candidates pull in. CA writer Kyle Veazey noted, “It only stood to reason that Worth Morgan could do well in the campaign fundraising game, thanks to a well-heeled background and an aggressive take on how to go about it.”
Morgan currently works as a sales executive at Sunstar Insurance Group of Memphis. He graduated from MUS, then attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Veazey adds, “He interned with the Bush White House and was paid staff for Gov. Bill Haslam’s 2010 campaign, helping to run the Memphis office. ‘That was great — that was a real, eye-opening, great look at grassroots, Memphis, meeting a lot of people, knocking on doors,’ he said.”
However, as a child he had liver problems and during college he found out he had Crohn’s disease, underwent major surgery and then six more, preventing him from attaining his degree.
Veazey asked him why run now? “I don’t think the future is something that’s guaranteed to us,” Morgan said, when I asked why he’s running now. “I don’t know what life’s going to look like four years from now, eight years from now. … I think I’m capable now, I think I’d be good at it now, I think I can add value to the city. So the question is, why wait (to run)?”
You can come meet him, ask him questions and hear what he thinks about the major issues Memphis faces tomorrow night.
By virtue of his family, Worth could be a strong fundraiser (I know that’s a stereotype, but I don’t have much else to go on) or could possibly ‘self-fund’. As for positions, I have no idea. It seems odd to me that a potential candidate would put themselves out there without anything to begin defining them. But, if you subscribe to the money vs. message worldview (which I’m not sure I do because that worldview assumes mutual exclusivity) whatever message Worth comes up with, he’ll most likely have the money to get it out to the masses.