I am honored to serve on the Shelby County Commission and am asking for your vote and support in helping me continue representing District 13. Since winning election in August of 2012, I have been working to create jobs, improve our schools, and reduce taxes.

Chief among my concerns is lowering the property tax rate. I am the chair of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee and have been meeting with key leaders throughout the community to formulate strategies that will result in more jobs and greater economic development.

With over twenty years of business experience and having been a speaker at several international conferences, my strengths are in planning, analysis, building consensus, and managing change in an ambiguous environment. I am using these skills to lead and manage the change that is needed to address the challenges facing Shelby County. I am working to drive improvements that will result in building jobs and greater opportunities for the future. My attention to detail and financial acumen will be used to ensure taxpayer money is spent wisely and I will work to bring more efficiency to government spending.

Growing up, I developed an appreciation for the outdoors and community service through my participation in the Boy Scouts. I was active in Scouting throughout my youth and was awarded Eagle Scout. In the Greater Memphis area I am a participant in many community groups including Livable Memphis, the Wolf River Conservancy, the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, and the Sierra Club.

I have been a member of Rotary and am currently a member of the Kiwanis Club. I have been a volunteer with the Memphis PREP program and have served as Chairman of the Ridgeway High School Based Decision Making Council.

I am grateful for all the blessings I have and am looking forward to continuing to serve as your County Commissioner.

Priorities …

I ran on the platform of “Prosperity over Politics” and it is my goal to lead and be part of the educational and economic redefining of Shelby County. We are losing our brightest minds to cities that have entered the 21st century upgrading their infrastructures to accommodate innovation, business development and they are beating us every day in job creation and retention.

Shelby County and the city have attracted jobs. Giving companies economic incentives to move their operations to Shelby County is not the answer. We will not be able to keep them here without educated talent to meet their needs. They will simply move to the next highest bidder when their incentives have expired. We need a greater sense of urgency. We need to pull together as a team putting aside special interests and hidden agendas.

How we move forward from this day is what matters. I care about the future of our children. We all do. The next twelve months will be difficult but we need to come together and execute a solid plan for the future. No matter how the education boundary lines are eventually drawn let us agree to continue working together and set the sail for “Prosperity over Politics.”

Here is my agenda of priorities during my term:

1. Enhance Economic Development by focusing efforts and activities on three platforms

a. Medical Devices and Biomedical

b. movie and music

c. “Green” Industries

2. Education. We need a workforce that is second to none in the United States.

3. Minimize government spending and find efficiencies in existing operations

4. Reduce the infant mortality rate.

5. Complete the Wolf River Greenway from the Mississippi River to Shelby Farms

Let’s keep our eye on the prize for current and future generations in Shelby County: creating jobs and filling jobs with homegrown talent, and taking smart investments in our infrastructure, parks, social programs, and services. Our course will be determined by how we set the sail and not the forces of nature. I look forward to the challenge and responsibility ahead and ask that we all focus on “Prosperity over Politics.”

Another Big ‘Thank You’ to My Supporters…

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(From: The Commercial Appeal)
Steve Basar wins Shelby County Commission District 1 seat

By Samantha Bryson

Republican Steve Basar is the newest member of the Shelby County Commission, having comfortably defeated Democrat Steve Ross in the race for the District 1, Position 3 seat in Thursday’s election. …

A Big ‘Thank You’ for Super Tuesday

On to August 2nd …

Many thanks to all my supporters! This could not have happened without your support, energy, and votes! Close election, very humbling to have the wide base of support – I know we will win in August. If you have time to help in the coming months, fill out the volunteer form at the link near the top of the page, or give me a call (901) 210-9989!


See The Commercial Appeal editorial: ‘Basar in the GOP primary’

Thanks again for all your support — feeling optimistic but we have to cover as many polling places as possible on election day.

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– Steve Basar

Shelby Commission District 13 | Prosperity over Politics