VOL. 133 | NO. 127 | Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Special City Council Race Field Set at Seven
By Bill Dries
A field of seven candidates has qualified for the special race on the Aug. 2 ballot for the Super District 9 Memphis City Council seat.
The deadline for any of the contenders to withdraw from the ballot passed Monday, June 25, at noon with none of the seven getting out of the race after filing their petitions by the June 21 deadline.
The contenders are current interim council member and funeral director Ford Canale, music producers Charley Burch and Tyrone Romeo Franklin, Girls Inc. CEO Lisa Moore, Shelby County Schools teacher Erika Sugarmon, former Achievement Schools District director Tim Ware and David Winston, managing partner of Memphis-based Film Capital Strategies.
The Shelby County Election Commission still must vote on certifying the candidates for the race, which would complete the August ballot of county general elections as well as state and federal primary elections.
The special council race fills a vacancy created by the resignation this spring of council member Philip Spinosa to take a job with the Greater Memphis Chamber. The remaining 12 council members appointed Canale to fill the vacancy until the results of the special election are certified by the election commission.
The winner of the special election will serve to the end of 2019 which would complete Spinosa’s four-year term of office.