City council looks to fill Hooks' seat - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City council looks to fill Hooks' seat

City council district four sits in the heart of Memphis. You'll find many of the things you'd find in other parts of the city. But there are challenges as well.

"And there's a lot of work that needs to be done and certainly and lot of things that need to be addressed," says Janis Fullilove.

Fullilove often tackles tough issues on her afternoon radio talk show. She'd like the chance to do it on the Memphis City Council.

"You know, I just find it a great opportunity to get in and serve the public," says Fullilove.

But she's not the only person eying the seat long held by Janet Hooks.

"I could be as effective as she has been, if not a little bit more," says Elbert Rich, Jr.

Rich is a neighborhood activist who hopes his name makes it into the hat.

"I hope so, I hope so," says Rich. "Let's keep our fingers crossed and pray," he adds.

Several city council members tell Action News 5 they've received many calls from people interested in taking the place of Janet Hooks. They say having a good choice is a good thing.

"Maybe it's a time to see some new leaders step up to the plate and new opportunities for some voices to be heard," says City Councilwoman Carol Chumney.

It appears a final decision is on the fast track. A memo sent to council members Monday called for a special meeting the very day Hooks is set to leave.

"Sometimes if you let things sit too long, it gets harder and harder to make a decision--so sometimes it's good to move it along," says Chumney.

Council members will make one nomination apiece during a special meeting Tuesday afternoon. Action News Five will be there. A final vote is expected during the council's regular meeting November 1st. Hooks is expected to take her new job within the administration the day before.

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