VOL. 110 | NO. 49 | Monday, March 11, 1996
jts candidate profiles
Sterling runs unopposed in primary; two Dems vie for slate spot
Incumbent Harold Sterling will run unopposed in the Republican primary elections Tuesday but will face a Democrat and two Independent challengers during county-wide elections Aug. 1.
Candidates Rita Clark and Mark Flanagan face each other in the Democratic primary. Both have extensive experience with the Democratic Party in Shelby County.
Flanagan, a real estate developer, has challenged U.S. Rep. Harold Ford in 11 primary elections. Clark, a businesswoman, founded the Democratic East Memphis Organization.
Shelby County Assessor of Property
Rita Clark (D)
occupation: vice president Andrews Entertainment, Germantown
education: B.A., liberal arts, University of Southern Mississippi, 1987
past political experience: Two terms with Democratic Executive Committee, founder of Democratic East Memphis Organization, other Democratic Party activities
"I think the people in the Assessors Office need a safe and productive environment, and I think the people of Shelby County have a right to a fair and stable assessment of their property, and I will work with people in the Assessors Office to bring that about. One of the things that is important is leadership and working with every one, not working against, but working with people. And those are skills that I know I can bring to that office."
Mark Flanagan (D)
occupation: real estate developer
education: attended East Carolina College, American University in Washington, D.C.
past political experience: 11 campaigns for U.S. Congress District 9, state Democratic Executive Committee member, advisory board Beale Street Redevelopment Foundation
"I will not be beholden to specials interests who now represent the large commercial owners at the expense of the homeowner, and there will be no one telling Mark Flanagan what to do. I can think for myself."
Harold Sterling (R)
occupation: Shelby County Assessor of Property
education: B.B.A. Memphis State University, 1961
past political experience: incumbent, eight years Tennessee General Assembly; gubernatorial primary candidate, 1978
"Both the city and the county have a surplus now. After the 1991 reappraisal, which was done by my predecessor, there was a huge deficit....Ive stabilized the appraisal base in Shelby County which means they can fix their tax rate and expect to collect that money to fund the budget. Nobodys done that in the past."
Criminal Court Division 10
Jim Beasley (R)
occupation: Criminal Court Division 10 judge, one year private practice law, 17 years assistant district attorney general
education: B.B.A. Memphis State University, 1973; LL.D. Memphis State University Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1977
past political experience: Criminal Court judge, Division 10
"The governor put me here. He had faith in me that I could do the job and I think Im qualified to do the job and with my experience and my background I think Im making a lot of inroads to the problems over here."
County Commissioner, District 1, Position 2
Linda Rendtorff (R)
occupation: fabric designer, owner of Rendtorff & Co.
education: B.A. in painting, University of Memphis
past political experience: Past chairman of the Young Republicans, served on State of Tennessees Executive Committee, named Young Republicans National Committee Woman, elected as delegate to 1988 Republican National Convention, served as a cabinet member for former governor Lamar Alexander and has served as vice chairman of the County Commission for the past year
"The three most important issues to me are creating a stable tax base, improving educational opportunities in our area and crime prevention. I have always wanted to combine my political experience with my business experience to make the system run better."
G. Lyle Tudor (R)
occupation: insurance sales
education: B.B.A. University of Oklahoma, 1962
political experience: president, Cordova Republican Organization, extensive campaign work for area Republican candidates
"The reason why Im running is because the people in East Memphis, Cordova, Countrywood, parts of Germantown, Summer and Bartlett, when you go around and start talking to these people, they feel very detached from county or city government. Im running to give them a choice of candidates of somebody that lives out in this area that knows whats going out here. But it seems like most of the people we elect or have elected are from Midtown or Downtown-oriented so consequently the people who live out here just dont have any real good representation. Our Downtown politicians want to blow a lot of smoke and mirrors at people and say, yeah, theyre well represented but when it comes right down to it, you look at it, they do very little for this area of town, and thats basically what Im running for."
Criminal Court Judge, Division 8
Chris Craft (R)
education: B.S., psychology, University of Memphis, 1975;
J.D., University of Memphis Law School, 1978
postgraduate work: Memphis Theological Seminary, 1980-81
political experience: Incumbent candidate, assumed office in 1994 after Judge Joe McCarties retirement. Appointed assistant district attorney, 1982; served as senior prosecutor in the district attorneys Major Violators Unit, 1990-94
"Im running because I enjoy this job and I want to keep it. Since I assumed office in 1994, I have reduced the backlog of cases in this court from 142 to 17. Reducing trial delays is a No. 1 priority for me. During my days as a trial lawyer, I was constantly frustrated with the courts because it was impossible to conduct a speedy trial. I feel like have made some headway in this regard and would like to continue to do so."
Herbert Ingram (R)
education: B.S., University of Memphis, 1958;
J.D., University of Memphis, 1971
occupation: General Sessions Criminal Court Division 9 judge
political experience: Former trial lawyer, elected General Sessions Court Judge, 1988; served as Referee Special Judge for the Juvenile Court, 1979; elected to Memphis City School Board, 1970; elected president of school board, 1975
"I am interested in running for this office because this is a position with a court at the state level, which has more of an impact on felony crime. I believe the courts need to have more of an influence over fighting crime, a bigger role in the process."
Criminal Court Judge, Division 4
Herbert Lane (R) is running for the position of Criminal Court Judge, Division 4, but could not be reached for comment.
Carolyn Blackett (I) is also running for this office in the Aug. 1 general election.