VOL. 124 | NO. 166 | Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Herenton Says He’s Not Running for Mayor
By Andy Meek
Seemingly putting to rest speculation that surrounded his intention to run in the October mayoral special election, Willie Herenton told a radio talk show host Monday afternoon he will not run.
Herenton, who recently pulled a qualifying petition to run in the Oct. 15 mayoral special election, told Thaddeus Matthews he’s not running in the race to replace himself. It’s the election brought about by his decision to retire from office earlier this year to run for in the 2010 Democratic primary for the 9th District congressional seat.
In a wide-ranging interview – for which local media and television crews were camped outside the AM 990 radio station – Herenton told Matthews his action sprang from disagreement over the way Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery is handling his temporary time in the city’s top leadership spot.
Herenton said he won’t endorse anyone in the mayor’s race and that if he, the city’s five-term mayor first elected in 1991, did not enter the race, current candidate and Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. would be the likely victor.
Herenton said he will be devoting his time to running in next year’s race to unseat current U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.