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Election Guide: Memphians to vote on pre-K sales tax, House District seat

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The sales tax referendum would boost the sales tax by half a cent generating about $47 million, which would cover more than 8,000 children age 4 and up. The sales tax referendum would boost the sales tax by half a cent generating about $47 million, which would cover more than 8,000 children age 4 and up.
As both sides struggle to shake hands on a financial solution, they agree on one thing: They ask you go vote. As both sides struggle to shake hands on a financial solution, they agree on one thing: They ask you go vote.
According to councilman Shea Flinn, all ballot language guarantees that every penny from this tax will go to fund pre-K. According to councilman Shea Flinn, all ballot language guarantees that every penny from this tax will go to fund pre-K.
The ballot only lists two names for the 91 seat including Democratic nominee Raumesh Akbari (left) and candidate James Tomasik (right).  (Source: Facebook) The ballot only lists two names for the 91 seat including Democratic nominee Raumesh Akbari (left) and candidate James Tomasik (right). (Source: Facebook)

(WMC-TV) - In a special election held Thursday, November 21 Memphians will vote on two ballot measures: one deciding whether to raise the city's sales tax to fund pre-K and also choosing who should take the 91 House District seat left open by the former state representative Lois DeBerry.

The sales tax referendum would boost the sales tax by half a cent generating about $47 million, which would cover more than 8,000 children age 4 and up.

All sides agree that effective pre-K serves an important role in benefiting the city's future, but a sticking point for many is the fact that the city-connected commission would oversee the money.

According to councilman Shea Flinn, all ballot language guarantees all money raised from this tax will go to fund pre-K.

Reverend Kenneth Whalum, a stanch opponent of the tax increase, says the hike is regressive and unfairly burdening the poor.

As both sides struggle to shake hands on a financial solution, they agree on one thing: They ask you go vote.

Below you will find resources provided by the Shelby County Election Commission; voting will run from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

The ballot only lists two names for the 91 seat including Democratic nominee Raumesh Akbari and candidate James Tomasik. 

Akbari's interests sits in pre-K education, better health care for senior citizens, blighted neighborhoods, unemployment, and environmental injustice. 

"I realize that I stand on the shoulders of a great leader, and it is an honor to continue her legacy of service to the community," she said on her website.

James "Jim" Tomasik is running as a libertarian candidate, despite that the sample ballot marks him as an independent. He would like to put an end to sales tax on food and restrict Law Enforcement privileges in regards to no raids, according to his website

State House district 91 reaches from parts of Midtown down to Whitehaven. See a map here.

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    452 votes
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