Mayoral candidate take very public drug test

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis mayoral candidate Charles Carpenter voluntarily took a very public drug test Wednesday.
During the televised mayoral debate in late August, all the candidates who participated said they'd have no problem submitting to a drug test. Carpenter says he's just living up to his word.

"It's important that we have a drug-free workplace, that we have accountability at every level," he said.

Carpenter says it's not a media stunt, and that he just wants to assure voters that he lives a drug-free lifestyle.

In 2007, then mayoral candidate Herman Morris went on the offensive against then Mayor Willie Herenton.
Morris privately took his own drug test and challenged other candidates to do the same.
Morris' results came back negative, and Carpenter says his will too. He expects the results by Thursday, and says he'll make them public.

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