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Candidates react to Herenton's delay

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - When Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton announced last month he would resign, a lot of people wondered if he actually would.  So it was not surprising that candidates for mayor of Memphis were not exactly shocked by the mayor's announcement Monday that he would be delaying his resignation.

"I have assiduously restrained from commenting for obvious reasons," Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton said. "It's such a moving target."

Wharton, who has said he will run for mayor of Memphis, said things are changing so much if he did comment he would be doing it everyday.

Attorney Carol Chumney, who ran against Herenton in the last election, didn't really want to address his latest about face.

"We're ready for whenever the election is," she said. "We're ready if its this fall. We're ready if its next year. We're ready. The voters are ready for new leadership."

Memphis City School Board member Kenneth Whalum, Jr. said he thinks Herenton's postponement of his resignation is an astute political move because the mayor knows he can step down when he gets ready. 

Whalum said he is more shocked by future interim mayor Myron Lowery's plans to change city government in the 90 days he will be Mayor.

"I just think he was so excited," Whalum said.

Whalum added says the whole thing just brings him more name recognition.

"Getting people to call me and ask questions, continuing to lift me up in the public eye," he said.

Whalum says he'll just continue on the school board until everything shakes out.

Late Monday night, several city council members said they would bring up the mayor's resignation Tuesday at the council's meeting. They plan to vote to declare a vacancy in the mayor's office beginning July 11th, the date the mayor said he would originally resign.

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