Continuing Campaign Rollout, Wharton Opens HQ, Names Co-Chairs

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UPDATE: Four days after pulling his petition and two days after a ceremonial opening of his headquarters, A C Wharton planned to officially file his petition at the Election Commission Monday morning.

Continuing a roll-out week that began with his drawing a petition to run for Memphis mayor on Thursday, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton opened his campaign headquarters before a large crowd of supporters at the Eastgate shopping center on Saturday, simultaneously announcing six “co-chairs” of his campaign.

As described in Wharton’s accompanying press release, they are:

- Darrell Cobbins - owner of Universal Commercial and community volunteer
and activist.

- Tomeka Hart - Memphis City School Board Commissioner (District 7) and
President/CEO of the Memphis Urban League.

- Ray Peterson, Sr. - minister of South Parkway Church of Christ.

- Lois Stockton - owner of the Nail Station and community volunteer and
activist.

- Jim Strickland - Memphis city councilman (District 5) and local attorney.

- Jose Velazquez - former executive director of Latino Memphis and deputy
director of national council of La Raza's affiliate services.


Departing from his usual low-key manner, Wharton worked up to a passionate conclusion of his remarks to a large crowd of supporters at his Eastgate headquarters opening on Saturday.

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