VOL. 8 | NO. 14 | Saturday, March 28, 2015
Collins Won't Seek Re-election
By Bill Dries
Memphis City Council member Harold Collins will not be running for re-election to the council this year even if he doesn’t run for Memphis Mayor.
Collins told a group of 50 at a Hickory Hill townhall meeting Saturday, March 28, the council district he has represented for almost eight years needs “a new face and a new voice.”
Collins, who formed an exploratory committee last year on possibly challenging incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. on the October ballot, said he will announce his intentions in that race later.
But Collins said he wanted his constituents in council District 3 to begin thinking now about who to elect as his successor.
Collins’ seat is the third declared open seat on the 13-member council.
Council member Jim Strickland, representing District 5, is already an announced candidate for mayor. Council member Shea Flinn announced this month he will not seek a third term representing council Super District 9.
Council chairman Myron Lowery, the longest serving council member, is considering whether to run again or to back his son, Mickell, in a bid for the seat in council Super District 8.
Meanwhile, during the townhall meeting at New Direction Christian Church, church leaders announced they plan to break ground next month on the Eden Square development on the site of the old Marina Cove apartments on Winchester Road near Mendenhall.
The groundbreaking will start construction of a new campus for the Power Center Academy middle school operated by Gestalt Community Schools.
That is to be followed by a summer start on construction of a performing arts center followed by housing developers hope to have up and occupied by late 2015 or spring of 2016.