VOL. 126 | NO. 136 | Thursday, July 14, 2011
14 Apply For Council Appointment
By Bill Dries
Fourteen citizens had applied by the noon Thursday, July 14, deadline for the District 7 vacancy on the Memphis City Council.
The council will fill the vacancy created by the June resignation of council member Barbara Swearengen Ware at a special July 22 council meeting.
The appointed person will serve the remaining five months in her four-year term of office.
The council seat is also on the Oct. 6 ballot for a full four-year term, with voters in the district deciding that.
The field for the appointment includes some who are running in the October elections.
Those contenders include Michael Steven Moore, Ware’s son; University of Memphis law school professor Lee Harris; Ian Randolph; and Craig Cardwell.
Those who so far have applied only for the council appointment include former council member Henry Hooper. Hooper was appointed in June 2007 to Super District 8 Position 2 seat vacated by Rickey Peete. But he lost to Janis Fullilove in a bid for a full four-year term in the October 2007 city elections that followed.
Also vying for the appointment only is Travis Green, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. He is one of several candidates who considered running for the District 7 seat but found themselves drawn out of the district in a redistricting proposal the council will consider at its Tuesday, July 19, meeting.
Green meets the residency requirements the council has established for the appointment because the district lines have not changed as of the deadline for applications.
Other contenders as of the noon deadline for the appointment are: Novella Smith Arnold, Tonnie A. White, Theodore King, Evelyn Fields, Berlin F. Boyd, Lawrence Braden, Scott Guidry and Samuel Thompson.