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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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

New direction for Memphis?
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