VOL. 124 | NO. 179 | Friday, September 11, 2009
Mayor's Race Set at 25 Candidates
By Bill Dries
The Shelby County Election Commission has approved a field of 25 candidates for the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.
The vote came hours after the Thursday deadline for any candidates to withdraw.
Memphis City Council member Joe Brown was one of three candidates who withdrew before the deadline.
Sept. 15 is the last day to register to vote in the special election. Early voting begin Sept. 25.
The 25 candidates are:
Randy L. Cagle
Johnny Hatcher Jr.
Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges
Constance Renee Houston
Detric W. Stigall
David W. Vinciarelli
Voung Vaughn Vow
Mary Taylor Shelby Wright
Sharon A. Webb
Kenneth Twigg Whalum Jr.
A C Wharton Jr.
The other two races on the Oct. 15 ballot, primary elections for State Senate District 31, were decided at the deadline.
Bobby Baker withdrew from the Democratic primary making Adrienne Pakis Gillon the only contender in that contest.
In the GOP primary, James Harrell got out of the race leaving only State Representative Brian Kelsey.
Kelsey and Gillon will meet in the Dec. 1 general election for the State Senate seat vacated by Republican Paul Stanley.