» Subscribe Today!
More of what you want to know.
The Daily News
X

Forgot your password?
Skip Navigation LinksHome >
VOL. 124 | NO. 223 | Thursday, November 12, 2009

Early Voting Starts For Local Elections

By Bill Dries

Print | Front Page | Email this story | Email reporter | Comments ()

Early voting in the last two local elections of 2009 begins today for voters in East Memphis and East Shelby County.

On the ballot is the general election contest between Democrat Adrienne Pakis-Gillon and Republican Brian Kelsey for state Senate District 31. The district covers Germantown and parts of Cordova.

Germantown Republican Paul Stanley gave up the seat in August in the wake of an affair with a legislative intern. Gillon and Kelsey ran unopposed in their respective Oct. 15 primaries.

Kelsey got more votes in the predominantly Republican district, but Gillon wasn’t far behind with 5,792 votes compared to 6,646 in Kelsey’s GOP primary column.

The other election on the ballot starting today is for state House District 83 – the seat Kelsey gave up to run for state Senate.

Memphis attorney Guthrie Castle is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. He automatically advances to the Jan. 12 special general election.

The GOP primary is a three-candidate contest among:

  • Mark White, the Republican nominee for the 9th U.S. Congressional district race of 2006.
  • John Pellicciotti, who has run twice as the GOP nominee in state House District 93.
  • And Michael Porter, who, like White and Pellicciotti, is from Germantown.

Election Day is Dec. 1. During early voting, citizens in the 60 Election Day precincts involved can vote at any of the six early voting sites. But on Election Day, voters must vote at the precinct they are assigned based on their home addresses.

The set of three races, one of them a one-candidate affair, ends a busy election year that began with elections in Arlington and Lakeland as the only regularly scheduled political contests for voters to decide.

Since then, the 18-year run of former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton came to an end in July with his resignation. A special election followed in October that included the primary contests for Stanley’s State Senate seat.

Sign-Up For Our Free Email Edition
Get the news first with our daily email


 
Blog Get more from The Daily News
Blog News, Training & Events
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 87 87 14,804
MORTGAGES 80 80 19,410
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 22 3,817
BUILDING PERMITS 142 142 35,472
BANKRUPTCIES 62 62 14,096
BUSINESS LICENSES 62 62 5,053
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 99 99 21,532
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 4,594

Weekly Edition

Issues | About

The Memphis News: Business, politics, and the public interest.