VOL. 129 | NO. 89 | Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Malone Takes Early Vote In Mayoral Primary
By Bill Dries
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.
Meanwhile, in the Republican mayoral primary, incumbent Mark Luttrell took the early vote easily from challenger Ernie Lunati.
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
In commission District 2, Shelby County Schools board member David Reaves led his four Republican primary rivals in commission District 2.
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.
In the Democratic commission primaries, incumbent commissioner Walter Bailey dominated the early vote over former Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd and David Vinciarelli.
Meanwhile incumbent Justin Ford led by a narrow margin in the commission District 9 Democratic primary over Patrice Robinson and Keith Williams.
Another Democratic incumbent commissioner, Melvin Burgess in District 7 took the early vote over challenger Brandon Echols
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.
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
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.
And in the Democratic primary for commission District 12, attorney Van Turner took the early vote over Bryant Boone.
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.
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.
In the largest field on the May ballot, Bill Chism led the seven candidate field in the Democratic primary for Probate Court Clerk
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.