VOL. 125 | NO. 147 | Friday, July 30, 2010
Political Group Sues Over Campaign Dispute
By Bill Dries
The Shelby County Democratic Party has taken two candidates and two organizations to court over campaign literature. The party got a temporary restraining order from Chancery Court Wednesday and was due in court Friday for a hearing on a permanent injunction.
The party wants to stop the distribution of ballots and other campaign literature it claims are misleading voters.
M. Latroy Williams, who lost in the primary for trustee, is running as a write-in candidate under a Democratic banner.
The temporary restraining order also applies to Charlotte Draper, who finished behind Corey Maclin in the Democratic primary for county clerk. Draper is also mounting a write-in campaign.
The other defendants are the Memphis Democratic Party of TN. Inc. and the Shelby County Democratic Club and two officers of the organization, Bishop Everett Bank and “R. Porter.”
The party was distributing a ballot on the first day of early voting that endorsed Williams and Draper. It does not include a listing at the bottom that most campaign literature does indicating the treasurer.
The Shelby County Democratic Party is not endorsing candidates.