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VOL. 7 | NO. 41 | Saturday, October 4, 2014

Collins Forms Mayoral Exploratory Committee

By Bill Dries

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Memphis City Council member Harold Collins has formed an exploratory committee as he considers a run for Memphis mayor in 2015.

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Collins rolled out the exploratory committee Friday, Oct. 3, under the online banner “I Still Believe In Memphis.”

“It’s time for us to offer the citizens an alternative leader who will move this city forward,” the email reads. “We still believe in Memphis and if you still believe in the potential of this great city, then please join our movement.”

The email and website debuted the day after Collins spoke at the Frayser Exchange Club’s weekly meeting, standing in for Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich. Collins is a special assistant to the district attorney general going back to Bill Gibbons’ tenure as the county’s chief prosecutor.

At the Exchange Club luncheon, Collins described recent violence in the city as a form of “urban terrorism.”

In the run-up to the launch of the exploratory committee in recent months, Collins had said the committee would be to gauge support as well as raise some funds, although the fundraising would become more of a priority as the exploratory committee gives way to the campaign.

The website, www.haroldcollins.org, includes an interactive feature to donate to the political effort, with George Hilliard and Mack Tuggle serving as treasurers.

Hilliard is president of Pete Mitchell & Associates Insurance Agency. Tuggle is senior partner of Jones and Tuggle PLLC, certified public accountants.

Collins is serving his second four-year term on the Memphis City Council. He was elected to the council in 2007 in the largest turnover over of seats in the history of the mayor-council form of government in Memphis. He was re-elected four years later in the largest return of incumbent council members in the history of the mayor-council form of government.

Collins would be challenging Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. in the 2015 city elections. Since last year, Wharton has said he intends to run for re-election in 2015.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 20 39 190
BUILDING PERMITS 0 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 17 135 753
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 53 329
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0