One Ford, Two DeBerrys, Eight Others in District 91 Race

Contest is for state House seat left vacant by death of Rep. Lois DeBerry.

Posted by Jackson Baker on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Kemba Ford
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The list of candidates who met Thursday’s filing deadline for a special election in state House District 91 indicates that name identification may play a major role in determining the winner. The seat was held for some four decades by the late, revered former House speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry, and the surname DeBerry is represented twice in the field of 11 candidates.

Dwight DeBerry, a political newcomer, is a cousin of Lois DeBerry, while Doris A. DeBerry-Bradshaw is the sister of District 90 Rep. John DeBerry (no relation to Lois). The extended Ford family figures with the filing of Kemba Ford, daughter of former state Senator John Ford, who is making her second electoral effort after running unsuccessfully for the City Council in 2011.

Other candidates in a fairly non-descript field are Raumesh Akbari, Joshua R. Forbes, Terica Lamb, Clifford Lewis, Kermit Moore, Gregory Stokes, Mary Taylor Wright, and Jim Tomasik. All except Tomasik, an independent, are running in the October 8th Democratic primary. No Republicans filed in District 91. The general election date is November 21.

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Jim Tomasik isn't an Independent, he is a Libertarian. He also is the only candidate to have been elected to anything, having been elected as the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee. Jim has been a strong advocate for protecting individuals against the intrusive force of government in cases such as unjust asset forfeiture laws and warrantless surveillance by drones in TN. The Libertarian Party is the only party to respect an individual's right to direct their own life, rather than force one set of values on everyone.

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Posted by notfrankie16 on 08/30/2013 at 10:14 AM

I am very happy that a Libertarian is finally going to be available to vote for. It has been a long time coming and I will definitely vote for Jim Tomasik. If he got elected, maybe things would finally get done.

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Posted by Libertarian bound on 08/30/2013 at 12:52 PM

Sad field.Ms.Lamb is by far the smartest and best and would standout among the field and the delegation too.

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Posted by memphonian on 08/30/2013 at 1:34 PM

This is the year that we need to take our country back. So many people are sick of the corruption in the two party system - there seems to be no difference one to another. Statism seems to be the end game. Until we can put in viable candidates that believe in protecting people's civil liberties, that are fiscally responsible, we will be "subjects" to whatever regime is in power. All the corrupt Republican and Democrat Politicians that can't keep their junk in their pants, and their hands out of our pockets, and their war mongering minds off being the world police with a totalitarian regime are not going to solve the problem - they are the problem. This is your opportunity Libertarian Candidates, jump in!

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Posted by Paul Teague on 08/30/2013 at 3:49 PM

I have always said that third-party candidates need to start at the local and state level, instead of doing what the Greens do by running a no-shot presidential candidate every year. If you want to see a Libertarian president one day, you need to start by getting them in control of a city council or state house somewhere and letting the country see how they run things.

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Posted by autoegocrat on 08/31/2013 at 11:12 AM

Dwight Deberry is by far the canidate for this election. He understands the Deberry legacy and the importance of community.

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Posted by royalfam1 on 09/04/2013 at 12:11 PM

Are you sure royalfam1? There are a lot of Deberrys out there and we don't want to go halfassed Deberry. Nothing but the creme de Deberry will do.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 09/04/2013 at 2:20 PM
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