City Council unable to agree on replacement for District 1 vacancy

City council unable to agree on replacement

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis' City Council District 1 still has no representative after Tuesday’s 9 hour meeting.

City Council Chair Berlin Boyd recessed the meeting at 12:30 a.m. after 5 hours of voting to appoint a district 1 council member due to the resignation of Bill Morrison.

Some council members wanted to meet Wednesday to resolve, but Boyd panned it.

The meeting will instead pick back up on December 4.

Memphis city council Chair Berlin Boyd angrily jumped out of his chair, after a passionate sparring with council member Joe Brown

"Man you got me, I swear," said Berlin.

Brown called Boyd corrupt.

The 9 hour meeting ended with no candidate for district 1 council chosen through at least 100 tries at voting.

The winning candidate needed 7 council votes to secure the seat.

The field of 6 was narrowed to 2 candidates, Raleigh community advocate Rhonda Logan and Lonnie Treadaway with Flinn Broadcasting.

The votes fell along racial lines, with Logan getting 6 votes each time.

Boyd never voted for Logan.

WMC Action News 5 Political Analyst Michael Nelson said fallout from the marathon meeting may be felt for weeks to come.

"It was unexpected, it makes you wonder what sort of tensions have been there below the surface and this sort of brought them all out," said Nelson.

Now the question is, how will this sit with voters?

Memphis' municipal elections are in October 2019.

Voters shot down all 3 council referenda weeks ago, including a proposal to extend term limits.

Nelson said this latest episode may not help the council's image.

"I think the city council is kind of on a losing streak here," said Nelson.

The council will presumably appoint the seat on December 4.

Council members Edmund Ford Jr and Janis Fullilove will both be resigned by then because of their county positions, so their 2 votes will go away.

In addition, council members will then have to vote on replacements for their two seats on December 18.

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