New direction for Memphis?

Well, last night we had the first mayoral election without Herneton on the ballot for as long as I can remember voting in Memphis.


As I drove home I saw Jerry “The King” Lawler standing with some supporters on the corner of Poplar and Highland near the U of M. They were waving at passerbys and holding up “Lawler For Mayor” signs.


Jerry seemed to be genuinely disappointed with the number of votes he got, but for the amount of time we see him here around town, or the lack of I should say (other than when it’s election time, there’s a fireworks sale going on, or someone’s breaking into his jukebox) I can’t say I’m surprised that he got just under 4ooo votes.


If anything I’m surprised he got that many with only 25% of Memphians showing up to vote.


Speaking of which- it was a ghost town at my local voting station at the elementary school just up from my house. I had one guy walk in just before me and only saw one lady walking in as I was leaving. There were more election volunteers there than voters.


It was funny (and kinda sad) that there was a 100ft boundary marker to keep candidates away from the entrance of the polls. It seemed to keep the voters away, too!


After all was said and done, Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton was elected to be our next city mayor (by over 60%). Which makes me wonder…was this a step up for Mayor A.C., or a step down..?

I’ve met our new mayor several times at different events around town, and he’s always been friendly and dressed sharper than a tack! I think he’ll do a great job for the city, and can hopefully mend some of what’s ailing Memphis. It really needs a good shot of anti-apathy medicine, some wounds healed, and it’s short-sightedness corrected.

The town and surrounding areas have got some great potential- there has just been too many divisions keeping it from reaching a fraction of it. I’m hoping a new/old leader can help this town and my fellow citizens achieve that full potential and be a town more folks will want to call home.

Good luck, A.C.!



Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/ co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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