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VOL. 129 | NO. 89 | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Malone Takes Early Vote In Mayoral Primary

By Bill Dries

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Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone took the early vote in the three-way Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

The first results of the Tuesday, May 6, election night showed Malone leading rivals county commissioner Steve Mulroy and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr.

Malone 7,188

Whalum 6,190

Mulroy 4,599

Meanwhile, in the Republican mayoral primary, incumbent Mark Luttrell took the early vote easily from challenger Ernie Lunati.

Luttrell 7,319

Lunati 225

With the release of the early vote, Luttrell issued a written statement saying he looked forward to the campaign to the August county general election.

In other early vote totals, George Chism led David Bradford in the commission District 1 Republican primary

Chism 840

Bradford 506

In commission District 2, Shelby County Schools board member David Reaves led his four Republican primary rivals in commission District 2.

Reaves 764

Sherry Simmons 590

Naser Fazullah 55

Kelly Price 48

And interim county commissioner Mark Billingsley led Ron Fittes in the GOP primary for commission District 4.

Billingsley 991

Fittes 552

In the Democratic commission primaries, incumbent commissioner Walter Bailey dominated the early vote over former Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd and David Vinciarelli.

Bailey 1,099

Boyd 182

Vinciarelli 80

Meanwhile incumbent Justin Ford led by a narrow margin in the commission District 9 Democratic primary over Patrice Robinson and Keith Williams.

Ford 1,371

Robinson 1,307

Williams 1,165

Another Democratic incumbent commissioner, Melvin Burgess in District 7 took the early vote over challenger Brandon Echols

Burgess 1,497

Echols 279

In the three-way Democratic primary for commission District 10, the early vote gave former Shelby County Schools board member Martavius Jones a narrow lead over Reginald Milton with Jake Brown a distant third.

Jones 937

Milton 917

Brown 277

Former Memphis City Schools board member Willie Brooks was leading the four candidate field in the Democratic primary for commission District 6 in the early vote

Brooks 887

Edith Ann Moore 202

Kendrick Sneed 121

Karl L. Bond 156

The lead in the five-way Democratic primary for commission District 11 goes to long time Democratic partisan Eddie Jones over rivals Curtis Byrd, Eddie Jones, Hendrell Remus and Claude Talford.

Jones 480

Remus 395

Talford 350

Cobbins 203

Byrd 97

And in the Democratic primary for commission District 12, attorney Van Turner took the early vote over Bryant Boone.

Turner 1,195

Boone 570

In other contested countywide primary races, County Commissioner Henri Brooks took the early vote over Kenneth Moody in the Democratic primary for Juvenile Court Clerk.

Brooks 12,841

Moody 4,583

Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert opened up a big lead in the early vote in the Democratic primary for Criminal Court Clerk over City Council member Wanda Halbert, City Court Clerk Thomas Long, Assistant District Attorney General Mike McCusker and Pastor Ralph White.

Halbert 8,330

Long 5,937

White 2,629

McCusker 891

In the largest field on the May ballot, Bill Chism led the seven candidate field in the Democratic primary for Probate Court Clerk

Chism 3,764

Regina Beale 2,990

Jennings Bernard 2,252

Heidi Kuhn 2,065

Cynthia Gentry 1,967

Aaron Hall 1,631

Darnell Gatewood 1,536

In the Democratic primary for Circuit Court Clerk Rhonda Banks took the early vote from Del Gill.

Banks 10,323

Gill 4,599

PROPERTY SALES 128 339 21,916
MORTGAGES 76 240 16,657
BANKRUPTCIES 36 136 6,853