- Category: News
07 Oct 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
|Incumbent Mayor AC Wharton Jr.’s landslide win was reflected in living colors – black, white, brown and various shades in-between. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)|
With 10 percent of the precincts reporting, Wharton had netted 64 percent ((22,339) of the vote. Edmund Ford Sr. staked claim to second with 10,655 votes (30) percent and that pretty much is the way it remained. The eight other candidates split 6 percent of the vote, with County Commissioner James Harvey garnering 3 percent.
The most contested race of the election unfolded in City Council District 7, where Lee Harris and Kemba Ford emerged from a field of 14 candidates and landed in a Nov. 10 runoff. Four votes separated them, with neither getting the 50-percent-plus majority required for election.
Harris teaches at the University of Memphis and is a founder of the Shelby County Young Democrats. Ford, actress, is the daughter of former State Sen. John, who is serving out time on a conviction on bribery charges. The two are vying to succeed former Councilwoman Barbara Swearengen Ware, who decided to retire earlier this year. Ware represented Frayser, New Chicago, Douglass, downtown, and other North Memphis communities for 16 years.
Ware’s retirement came on the heels of an indictment on official misconduct charges, leading to her suspension from the City Council. According to the indictment handed down by the Grand Jury, Ware was accused in at least eight incidents of renewing or obtaining new registrations on vehicles that had not been inspected as required by the Memphis City Code of Ordinances. She accepted an offer of diversion.
In other contested races, incumbent City Council members Bill Morrison, Bill Boyd, Wanda Halbert, Edmund Ford Jr., Joe Brown, Janis Fullilove, Kemp Conrad and George Flinn III each easily won new terms.
And in the race for Memphis City Court Clerk, incumbent Thomas Long made it no contest, crushing two opponents en route to amassing 65 percent of the vote.
|With 100 percent of the precincts reporting:|
|AC Wharton Jr. (I)||48,635||65%|
|Edmund Ford Sr.||20,907||28%|
|James Harvey Sr.||2,053||3%|
|CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1|
|Bill Morrison (I)||4,905||65 %|
|CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2|
|Bill Boyd (I)||7,170||75%|
|CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4|
|Wanda Halbert (I)||6,243||65%|
|Louis Morganfield III||767||8%|
|CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6|
|Edmund Ford Jr. (I)||8,606||64%|
|CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7|
|CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8 POSITION 1|
|CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8 POSITION 2|
|Janis Fullilove (I)||21,701||58%|
|CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9 POSITION 1|
|Kemp Conrad (I)||19,919||64%|
|CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9 POSITION 2|
|George Flinn III (I)||24,210||81%|
|MEMPHIS CITY COURT CLERK|
|Thomas Long (I)||40,644||65%|