Yvette Simpson has been one of the strongest supporters of the city’s progressive policies, including the streetcar project. She’s also not afraid to call out other council members when she feels they’re being dishonest or misleading the public on any given issue.
But perhaps Simpson’s best work has been her vigorous pursuit to provide better economic opportunities to the city’s youth.
Simpson was one of the first council members to acknowledge the city’s horrific child poverty rate, which is now higher than 50 percent, according to the U.S.
Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey. Still, she also acknowledges that the government alone can’t blindly tackle such a huge issue; instead, she leveraged the Youth Commission, which she helped found, to gather organizations from around the city to first study the causes of the issue and eventually help correct them.