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Mayoral candidates pledge to focus less on negative campaigning

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Outside the St. Vincent DePaul Food Mission for the Homeless, several candidates for Memphis mayor signed their names on a pledge Thursday to focus less on negative campaigning and more on what many described as core issues for the city.

The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center organized the pledge signing.  Organizers said they hoped the event would put a positive spin on the mayoral race and urged candidates to keep the race clean.

"What we don't need is more name calling," the Center's Jacob Flowers said. "What we don't need is a cult of personality. What we need is a mayoral candidate that knows which issues are affecting our community."

So for at least a little while Thursday, some of the candidates put aside their differences and stood together.

"It's the right thing to do," candidate Carol Chumney said. "It's the human thing to do."

"I promise as mayor I am going to do just that," candidate Kenneth Whalum said.

"From a business standpoint we have to deal with the bottom to the top," candidate Kenneth Whalum said. "We have to deal with the problems and the root cases of those problems."

"They have to be the number one priorities, not just for me, but for all of the candidates," candidate Jerry Lawler said.

Of the 25-candidates running for Memphis Mayor, Charles Carpenter, Carol Chumney, Jerry Lawler, Myron Lowery and Kenneth Whalum all signed the agreement while we were there.

The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center said Wanda Halbert, Sharon Webb, and A C Wharton pledged to sign the agreement.

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