VOL. 133 | NO. 118 | Wednesday, June 13, 2018
August Council Race, November Suburban Races Remain In Flux
By Bill Dries
With just about a week to the filing deadline, four candidates have filed for the Memphis City Council Super District seat on the Aug. 2 ballot.
They include interim council member Joseph Ford Canale, appointed to fill Philip Spinosa’s vacant seat last month by the council until the results of the special August election are certified.
Spinosa, who was elected to the Super District seat in 2015, resigned last month to become senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.
The ballots for August and November in Shelby County are just about set. There’s still the forming field for a special city council race on the Aug. 2 ballot and municipal races in five of the suburbs on the Nov. 6 ballot. (Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)
The winner of the August race serves the remainder of Spinosa’s term, through the end of 2019.
In addition to Canale, who is a funeral director at Canale Funeral Directors and golf coach at Christian Brothers High School, the others who have filed are:
• Charley Burch, music producer
• Erika Sugarmon, Shelby County Schools teacher
• Tyrone Franklin, music and video producer
The filing deadline for the race is June 21 at noon.
Six other contenders have qualifying petitions out but had not filed as of the end of last week.
• Outgoing Shelby County Probate Court Clerk Paul Boyd
• Former Memphis City Schools board member Stephanie Gatewood
• Former Achievement School District executive director Tim Ware
• Girls Inc. CEO Lisa Moore
• FedEx customer experience and innovation manager Marvin White Jr.
• Dawn Elise Bonner, for whom there was no background information at press time
The other races still forming are municipal elections in five of Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities – Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington – on the Nov. 6 ballot, along with state and federal general elections featuring the winners of the Aug. 2 state and federal primaries.
The ballots in Bartlett, Germantown and Lakeland each feature mayoral races along with elections for aldermen – commissioners in the case of Lakeland – and school board members.
The filing deadline for those races is Aug. 16 at noon.
Through the end of last week, only three candidates had filed qualifying petitions: incumbent Bartlett aldermen W.C. “Bubba” Pleasant and David Parsons, and incumbent Collierville alderman Thomas Allen.
But 37 other citizens among the five suburbs have pulled petitions and are looking for the 25 signature minimum necessary to qualify.
The incumbent mayors of Germantown, Lakeland and Bartlett are all seeking re-election, and each has potential challengers who have pulled petitions too.