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Will he resign?

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's resignation is expected to take effect in just over a week.

But now, some are questioning whether or not he'll really resign.

Several ministers met with the mayor in his seventh floor office Thursday morning to urge him to postpone his resignation.
    
Political columnist Jackson Baker recently conducted an in-depth exit interview with Herenton for the Memphis Flyer. He says the mayor has a history of indecisiveness.

"I honestly think that Willie Herenton may be the first man in human history to rise up at his own funeral and say, "Hey - I've changed my mind,' " he said.
    
State Representative G.A. Hardaway is among those pressuring Herenton to postpone leaving office.

"I think we owe it to our constituents to have an orderly process"
         
They'd like to avoid the cost of a special election, and the potential chaos that could result from a crowded field of candidates eager to move into the mayor's office.

Postponing the resignation by seven months could push back the special election from October of 2009 to August of 2010 - which would coincide with an already-scheduled election. Hardaway says doing so would save taxpayers about $1 million.
    
But whether Herenton himself ultimately bows to pressure remains anyone's guess.

 

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