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VOL. 126 | NO. 142 | Friday, July 22, 2011

4 Council Members - All 3 City Court Judges To Run Unopposed In Oct. Elections

By Bill Dries

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Four incumbent Memphis City Council members and all three incumbent City Court Judges were effectively re-elected at the Thursday, July 21, noon deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions for the Oct. 6 Memphis ballot.

One contender drawn out of a city council district by a new set of district lines said he was unfairly disqualified when he filed to run in the new council district his precinct was moved into.

Among the last-minute filers Thursday was Michael Steven Moore for the District 7 council seat. The only open seat on the council had 14 contenders at the deadline. Moore is the son of Barbara Swearengen Ware who resigned in June after being on suspension since last year because of an official misconduct charge.

Filing even later than Moore was Leandrea Taylor in the same council race as well as Scott Banbury.

Jesse K. Jeff had planned to run for the district 1 city council seat at the start of the election season. But when the council approved a new set of district lines this week he was no longer living in the Frayser-Raleigh district. His precinct in Frayser was one of several that are part of council district 7.

So Jeff pulled a qualifying petition for district 7 and got double the 25 signatures required on the petition. Election Commission staffers verify that those signing the petitions live in the district and are voters. Candidates usually get many more than 25 signatures to compensate for those who are neither or are one but not the other.

Jeff was called by Election Commission staffers an hour after Thursday’s deadline and he says he was told he only had 23 qualified signatures and wouldn’t be on the ballot. Among the signatures disqualified was that of Jeff’s wife who lives with him at the same address in the new district.

“They said that they lived in District 1. How does the election commission not know that we are now in District 7 and not in District 1 anymore?” Jeff said. “I’m definitely going to appeal.”

Minutes before the deadline, mayoral contender Leo Awgowhat was looking for a final signature to qualify for the office he sought in the 2009 special election. He made the ballot along with eight other challengers to incumbent Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Council members Harold Collins, Reid Hedgepeth, Jim Strickland and Myron Lowery are all running unopposed in Oct. Andrew Rome Withers filed near the deadline to challenge Lowery but his qualifying petition was disqualified for insufficient signatures.

All three city court judges, Tarik Sugarmon, Earnestine Hunt Dorse and Jayne Chandler also had no opposition.

All 12 incumbent council members filed for re-election, representing the largest bid for re-election by incumbents in the 43-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

All of the contenders have until noon Thursday, July 28, to withdraw if they wish.

Here is the full list of contenders:

MEMPHIS MAYOR

LEO AGOWHAT

JAMES R BARBEE

CARLOS F BOYLAND

EDMUND H FORD, SR.

JAMES HARVEY, SR.

ROBERT “PRINCE MONGO” HODGES

MARTY MERRIWEATHER

KENNETH B ROBINSON

A C WHARTON, JR.

JOHN WILLINGHAM

CITY COURT JUDGE, DIVISION 1

EARNESTINE HUNT DORSE

CITY COURT JUDGE, DIVISION 2

TARIK B SUGARMON

CITY COURT JUDGE, DIVISION 3

JAYNE CHANDLER

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

BILL MORRISON

KENDRICK D SNEED

RONALD THORNTON

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

BILL BOYD

SYLVIA COX

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3

HAROLD COLLINS

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4

WANDA HALBERT

LOUIS MATTHEW MORGANFIELD, III

MICHELLE E SMITH

GEORGE WALKER

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5

JIM STRICKLAND

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6

CLARA FORD

EDMUND FORD, JR.

RHODA MAYS STIGALL

SHARON A WEBB

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7

SCOTT BANBURY

RAYMOND A BURSI

EVELYN FIELDS

KEMBA FORD

ERSKINE B GILLESPIE

LEE HARRIS

MICHAEL STEVEN MOORE

JULIE RAY

DEREK D RICHARDSON

ARTIE SMITH

COBY V SMITH

LEANDREA RENE TAYLOR

DAVID W VINCIARELLI

DARRELL WRIGHT

CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8, POS 1

JOE BROWN

MARK COLEMAN

TAMMY WARREN

CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8, POS 2

MARIO DENNIS

JANIS FULLILOVE

ROSALYN R NICHOLS

ISAAC WRIGHT

CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8, POS 3

MYRON LOWERY

CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9, POS 1

ANTHONY ANDERSON

KEMP CONRAD

PAUL SHAFFER

CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9, POS 2

GEORGE SHEA FLINN, III

JAMES SDOIA

CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9, POS 3

REID HEDGEPETH

CITY COURT CLERK

BETTY BOYETTE

ANTONIO HARRIS

THOMAS LONG

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