Super District 9 race heats up

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It is the race to serve one of the largest districts in Shelby County - the district known as Super District 9.

It's a race that came to be after Chairman Scott McCromick resigned last August after taking a job heading up the Plough Foundation, one of the largest family philanthropic organizations in Memphis.

Super District 9 covers Cordova, Raleigh, Hickory Hill, and North Memphis.

Businessman Kemp Conrad and Labor Leader Paul Shaffer are the two main candidates fighting for the vote. In the troubling financial times, both candidates weighed in on their local economy policy.

"I have been working behind the scenes in this community for past twelve years on various boards and non-profits," candidate Conrad said.

"Part of my platform work with the business community locally and nationally to attract new industry to our city," Shaffer said.   
Both agree crime is top priority and both agree relaxing residency for police recruitment as a way to get top quality officers, but both see each other's professional life as having a conflict of interest on the city council.

"He's a real estate advisor, but in that role I think I believe he has more of a vested interest in things that come before the council, such as developments," Shaffer said.
"What my opponent does as the head of a union is he lobbies the government. So I would say he would have much more of a conflict than I would," Conrad said.
The two other candidates in the race are former county commissioner John Willingham and Arnett Montague.

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