VOL. 125 | NO. 161 | Thursday, August 19, 2010
Certification Brings Next Steps in Election Process
By Bill Dries
It has been two weeks since the Aug. 5 county general elections and the controversy over the vote count may become more intense Thursday as the Shelby County Election Commission meets to certify the results.
Certification of the Aug. 5 results is the point at which a formal legal challenge of the vote count can begin in Chancery Court.
Until the certification, efforts by two of the Democratic contenders in the elections in question have been to review voting procedures and machinery under terms of a Chancery Court order.
Meanwhile, the last races to go on the Nov. 2 ballot begin to take shape at noon Thursday. That’s the filing deadline for four Memphis City Schools board races as well as municipal elections in Bartlett, Collierville and Germantown.
Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald and Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy are seeking re-election on slates that include races for the board of aldermen in each city. The Collierville races are for positions on the board. The next mayor’s race there is in two years.
All four Memphis school board incumbents are seeking re-election. All had potential challengers up to the filing deadline. The other five school board seats are on the 2012 ballot.
District 6 board member Sharon Webb had five potential challengers who had pulled petitions as of Tuesday evening. Webb is seeking re-election the year after she ran for Memphis mayor.
So is Kenneth Whalum Jr., who is the At Large position 2 representative. Attorney Richard Fields has pulled a qualifying petition to challenge Whalum.
Whalum, this week, accused The Commercial Appeal and fellow school board member Tomeka Hart of using the newspaper as a “recruitment tool” to find candidates to run against him and Webb.
He also questioned a contract between the school system and the newspaper for an education program.
Watch The Daily News Online (www.memphisdailynews.com) for updates Thursday afternoon on who has filed.
The candidates who file by noon have a week to withdraw from the ballot if they wish.