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<br />Municipal election – business as usual, almost

The Oct. 6 Memphis municipal election concluded with mostly ho-hum results, with one notable exception. The Oct. 6 Memphis municipal election concluded with mostly ho-hum results, with one notable exception.

 
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)

The outcome – in terms of the winner of the Memphis Mayor’s race – never was an issue. Incumbent Mayor AC Wharton Jr. grabbed a commanding lead early and held it wire-to-wire in the Oct. 6 municipal election.

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:
MEMPHIS MAYOR
AC Wharton Jr. (I) 48,635 65%
Edmund Ford Sr. 20,907 28%
James Harvey Sr. 2,053 3%
Kenneth Robinson 774 1%
Robert Hodges 750 1%
Marty Merriweather 441 1%
James Barbee 310 0%
Carlos Boyland 169 0%
Leo Awgowhat 141 0%
Dewayne Jones 79 0%
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
Bill Morrison (I) 4,905 65 %
Kendrick Sneed 2,637 35%
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
Bill Boyd (I) 7,170 75%
Sylvia Cox 2,391 25%
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4
Wanda Halbert (I) 6,243 65%
Michelle Smith 1,897 20%
Louis Morganfield III 767 8%
George Walker 692 7%
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6
Edmund Ford Jr. (I) 8,606 64%
Sharon Webb 2,070 15%
Clara Ford 1,658 12%
Rhoda Stigall 1,123 8%
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7
Lee Harris 1,983 24%
Kemba Ford 1,979 24%
Coby Smith 957 12%
Michael Moore 562 7%
Erskine Gillespie 493 6%
Jesse Jeff 367 4%
Scott Banbury 358 4%
David Vinciarelli 351 4%
Raymond Bursi 284 3%
Darrell Wright 215 3%
Julie Ray 211 3%
Evelyn Fields 197 2%
Leandrea Taylor 137 2%
Artie Smith 101 1%
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8 POSITION 1
Joe Brown 27,571 77%
Mark Coleman 4,348 12%
Tammy Warren 3,734 10%
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8 POSITION 2
Janis Fullilove (I) 21,701 58%
Rosalyn Nichols 9,954 27%
Isaac Wright 2,978 8%
Mario Dennis 2,836 8%
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9 POSITION 1
Kemp Conrad (I) 19,919 64%
Paul Shaffer 11,313 36%
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9 POSITION 2
George Flinn III (I) 24,210 81%
James Sdoia 5,668 19%
MEMPHIS CITY COURT CLERK
Thomas Long (I) 40,644 65%
Betty Boyette 13,430 22%
Antonio Harris 8,071 13%

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