Runoff for District 7 Memphis City Council seat

(WMC-TV) - There will be a runoff for the District 7 Memphis City Council seat between Kemba Ford and Lee Harris.

The highest number of candidates were vying for the District 7 seat vacated by Barbara Swearengen Ware.  The councilwoman resigned in June after she was sentenced on official misconduct charges.

Ware used her position to skip years of mandatory car inspections.

Fourteen candidates were narrowed down to two Thursday in the District 7 race.  The runoff will be November 10.

Ford is a member of the Memphis political family.  Her father, former State Senator John Ford, is serving prison time on a bribery conviction.

Harris the founding chairman of the Shelby County Young Democrats and a University of Memphis teacher.

"I am up for the challenge," said Kemba Ford.  "I am also very happy and grateful to be right here, right now.  I'd like to say that first and foremost.  I am so very thankful."

"I want to fight for this community," said Harris.

Candidates must get 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff.  In the end, Harris had 1,983 votes and Kemba Ford had 1,979.

Eight incumbents secured another term on the Memphis City Council.  They are Joe Brown, Janis Fullilove, Kemp Conrad, Shea Flinn, Bill Morrisson, Bill Boyd, Wanda Halbert, and Edmund Ford, Jr.

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