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VOL. 128 | NO. 182 | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Early Voting Opens in State House Primary

By Bill Dries

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Early voting opens Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91.

Early voting opens Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Democratic primary for State House District 91 in a busy three-month election season. Election day is Thursday in the Arlington and Lakeland municipal elections, where just fewer than 1,000 citizens voted early.

(Daily News File/Lance Murphey)

From Wednesday through Sept. 26, early voting is limited to the Shelby County Election Commission office at 157 Poplar Ave.

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, voters in the Memphis district can also vote early on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at any of three satellite locations: Glenview Community Center, 1141 S. Barksdale St.; Greater Middle Baptist Church, 4982 Knight Arnold Road; and Riverside Baptist Church, 3560 S. Third St.

Election day in the Democratic primary is Oct. 8.

The winner in the seven-candidate primary advances to a Nov. 21 special general election to face independent candidate Jim Tomasik, who filed his qualifying petition as a Libertarian. No candidates filed in the Republican primary.

Among the candidates to fill the seat vacant since the July death of veteran Tennessee legislator Lois DeBerry is Kemba Ford, the daughter of former state Sen. John Ford. Ford’s campaign literature relies heavily on the Ford name and includes a picture of her father as well.

The other contenders are Raumesh A. Akbari, an attorney with backing from state Rep. Barbara Cooper; and Doris DeBerry-Bradshaw, Joshua R. Forbes, Terica Lamb, Clifford Lewis and Kermit Moore.

Early voting in the State House District 91 primary begins the day before voters go to the polls in the regularly scheduled Arlington and Lakeland municipal elections.

Early voting in advance of those elections closed Saturday, Sept. 14, with most of the turnout on the one day of early voting in each of the towns.

Of the 937 early voters, according to Election Commission statistics, 638 voted early in Lakeland’s one day of early voting, Saturday, Sept. 14. And 271 voted early in Arlington’s day of early voting, Saturday, Sept. 7.

Overall turnout, including election day, is expected to be heavier in Lakeland because of the town’s three-way race for mayor among incumbent mayor Scott Carmichael, former mayor Jim Bomprezzi and Shelby County Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

The State House primary and the elections in Arlington and Lakeland are part of a set of 11 elections in Shelby County that run to Thanksgiving.

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