Interesting names emerge as deadline to enter elections approach - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Interesting names emerge as deadline to enter elections approaches

(WMC-TV) - The deadline to enter the Memphis Municipal election is less than two weeks away, and some intriguing personalities are emerging in the race to claim a seat on Memphis' governing body.

Former councilman Edmund Ford, Sr. has pulled a petition for mayor.  The mortician was the only politician to beat a federal indictment during the Tennessee Waltz public corruption sting.

Another voice in the hat is the pastor who calls himself the "Lone Voice of Dissent" on the Memphis City Schools Board, Commissioner Kenneth Whalum, Jr.

Incumbent Mayor A C Wharton also pulled a petition, as well as former Shelby County Commissioner and businessman James Harvey.

Whalum not only pulled a petition to run for mayor, but also to run against incumbent Council Chairman Myron Lowery for District 8 Position 3.  Whalum pulled yet another petition to run against incumbent Shea Flinn for District 9 Position 2.

Though Whalum has pulled petitions, he has not officially filed any applications.

District 7 is another standout race.  Councilwoman Barbara Swearengen Ware held the seat for 17 years until her recent resignation amid accusations she skirted auto inspections with five dollar bribes.  Ware always maintained innocence.

Twelve candidates have pulled petitions to run for the seat.  Whoever is appointed to replace Ware late this month will only hold the appointment until December.

The run for District 9 Position 1 could also get interesting.  Incumbent Kemp Conrad has Electrical Workers union business agent Paul Shaffer and Memphis Business Academy charter school CEO and community activist Rev. Anthony Anderson at his heels.

Edmund Ford, Jr. has no one running against him.  He won his father's old District 6 seat in 2007.

The deadline to apply for the Memphis elections is July 21.

For a full list of candidates who have pulled and filed petitions for the Memphis Municipal election, click here.

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