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UPDATE: Commissioners delay vote on new Shelby County mayor

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - After more than 20 rounds of voting, the Shelby County Commission opted Monday to delay a decision to pick an interim County Mayor.

Commissioners tried for hours to select a mayor, with Joe Ford and J.W. Gibson garnering five votes each over multiple rounds.

Seven votes were needed for a person to be selected as mayor.

Commissioners will try again next Tuesday.  Acting Mayor Joyce Avery will continue in her temporary position in the meantime.


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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County commissioners will appoint a new county mayor Monday afternoon.

Four candidates are in the running, including three county commissioners: Republican and cardiologist George Flinn, Democrat and funeral home owner Joe Ford, Democrat and entrepreneur J. W. Gibson, and Republican and former Collierville mayor Linda Kerley.

Political analyst John Bakke says with eight Democrats and five Republican commissioners, party affiliation matters.

"And I think because of that, a Democrat will most likely get the nomination," he said.

Once appointed by the commission, the interim mayor will serve for about 10 months, the remainder of former Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton's term.

The three commissioner candidates will not have a vote. Neither will acting Shelby County Mayor Joyce Avery, who Saturday told Memphis Flyer Senior Editor Jackson Baker that she'll also seek the nomination.  

Avery told the Flyer, "I've had so much feedback, from both Republicans and Democrats who have encouraged me to seek the office. I'm going for it tomorrow."

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