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VOL. 128 | NO. 189 | Friday, September 27, 2013

Early Voting Expands in District 91 Primary

By Bill Dries

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Early voting in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91 expands Friday, Sept. 27, from the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., to three satellite locations.

On the ballot is the race among seven Democratic contenders to advance to the Nov. 21 general election against independent candidate Jim Tomasik.

Primary election day is Oct. 8. There are no Republican candidates and no Republican primary.

The seven contenders in the Democratic primary are Raumesh Akbari, Doris A. DeBerry-Bradshaw, Joshua R. Forbes, Kemba Ford, Terica Lamb, Clifford N. Lewis and Kermit Moore.

The early voting satellite locations open through Thursday, Oct. 3, excluding Sunday, are Glenview Community Center, 1141 S. Barksdale St.; Greater Middle Baptist Church, 4982 Knight Arnold Road; and Riverside Baptist Church, 3560 S. Third St.

Those locations and the election commission location Downtown are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, a preliminary list of candidates in the six sets of suburban school board races who had filed by Thursday’s qualifying deadline for contenders in those races indicated that of the 27 school board races in five of the six suburban towns and cities, eight were contested races. The other 19 were uncontested races, with the winners effectively elected at Thursday’s noon filing deadline.

Among the uncontested races are all five school board positions on the Collierville school board. As a result, state law allows the Election Commission to not have an early voting period in Collierville in advance of the Nov. 7 election day.

The early voting period for the other five towns and cities is expected to be the last week in October. The Election Commission will formally set the early voting period at its Oct. 16 meeting.

The Lakeland school board elections are different because voters there vote five times among a single list of candidates and the top five vote-getters win the school board seats. At the filing deadline there were six Lakeland candidates who had filed.

All of the candidates who qualified by the Thursday deadline have until noon Thursday, Oct. 3, to withdraw if they wish.

Nov. 7 is election day in the six suburban towns and cities.

The election commission’s preliminary list of school board contenders for Arlington shows one contested race, for Position 2 between Barbara Fletcher and Dexter L. Orman.

Those without opposition in Arlington are Danny Young, Kevin Yates, Kay Morgan Williams and Dale A. Viox.

In Bartlett, the contested races were for Position 2, between Erin Berry and Alison Shores, and Position 5, between David Cook and Sharon Farley. The uncontested candidates were Jeff Norris, Shirley K. Jackson and Bryan Woodruff.

The Collierville school board candidates each without opposition are Kevin Vaughan, Wanda Chism, Mark Hansen, Cathy Messerly and Wright Cox.

Germantown has contested school board races for Position 1, among Edgar A. Babian, Linda Fisher and Michael Paige; and in Position 4, between Charles Dibella and Lisa L. Parker. The uncontested candidates are Mark C. Dely, Natalie Williams and Ken Hoover.

Lakeland’s seven contenders at the deadline were Kevin Floyd, James Andrew Griffith, Kelley Hale, Laura Harrison, Teresa Henry, Greg Pater and Matt Wright.

Millington has three contested school board races. For Position 2, the contenders are Oscar L. Brown and Cecilia Haley. Jennifer Ray Carroll and Tom Stephens are running for Position 6, and the Position 7 race is between Donald K. Holsinger and Charles P. Reed.

The uncontested Millington candidates are Gregory Ritter, Chuck Hurt Jr., Cody C. Childress and Louise Kennon.

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