Johnnie Turner, NAACP Head, to Seek Late Husband's Legislative Seat

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The field of potential candidates for the District 85 state House seat left vacant by the death, earlier this month, of well-regarded veteran Larry Turner is likely to shrink with the confirmation on Saturday by Johnnie Turner, the late legislator’s widow, that she intends to seek the position.

Johnnie Turner, the longtime head of the local NAACP chapter, is highly respected in her own right and has been influential in numerous political, civic, and civil rights initiatives over the years.

Several other local figures — among them code enforcement officer Eddie Jones and lawyer Van Turner, chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party -- had expressed interest in running for the position in the weeks following Larry Turner’s death.

The Shelby County Commission will appoint a successor to Larry Turner at the commission's meeting of Janiuary 11, one day before the convening of the General Assembly. Johnnie Turner has indicated that, in adidtion to her interest in the interim position, she intends to seek election to a full term in next year's regular election cycle.

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