MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A candidate for the vacant District 1 city council seat has withdrawn from the race.
Lonnie Treadaway, who works for Flinn Broadcasting, announced his withdrawal on Wednesday.
Only five council members appeared at the scheduled meeting on Wednesday, so the quorum was unable to meet.
The day before, four Memphis City Council members walked out of the scheduled meeting to vote for a replacement for Bill Morrison’s old seat in District 1 after failing to reach an agreement.
“I figured if I took myself out of the equation, maybe we could get a consensus candidate and maybe we could keep the city moving in a positive direction,” Treadaway said.
Treadaway’s opponent, Rhonda Logan, was unable to get at least seven out of 10 votes by the council needed to get the appointment.
“Right now we will meet tomorrow at 4 p.m., if we don’t have a quorum at 4 p.m. tomorrow, we will meet on Friday,” said city council chairman Berlin Boyde. “If we don’t get a quorum on Friday we will meet on Saturday, so we are just trying to figure out a way to come up with a compromise.”
The process to replace Morrison has been contentious at times, with one meeting lasting nine hours.
Members at the meeting Wednesday hope that they can find another candidate in the pool to compromise around.
Boyd said if that’s not the case, they will have to open up the application process for that district all over again.
At this point there is also a full meeting agenda with more than 50 items on it from Tuesday that hasn’t been dealt with, including MLGW rate hikes and their budget and other issues.
The standing meting resumes Thursday at 4 p.m.