Candidates on the Move

Mulroy’s Monday filing makes it a Democratic quartet for mayor; Brooks has event in Juvy race.

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Mulroy (l); Brooks
  • Mulroy (l); Brooks
The slate of Democratic candidates for Shelby County mayor in the 2014 Democratic primary may not yet be complete, but with current County Commissioner’s filing on Monday, the Democrats now have four name candidates in the field — a fact that indicates a degree of optimism in party ranks regarding the task of challenging Republican incumbent mayor Mark Luttrell.

With his filing, Mulroy joins former Commissioner Deidre Malone, former School Board member Kenneth Whalum, and current Commission chairman James Harvey among those who have made their candidacies official.

In a separate press release, Mulroy also included an amended campaign finance disclosure report, showing some $55,000 in cash on hand. The release goes on to note:”This represents the result of only about one week of fundraising since Mulroy's relatively recent decision to get into the race.”

Two other paragraphs in the release speak for themselves:

“Aggressive fundraising efforts proceed apace. A fundraising brochure went out today to over 2000 potential donors, announcing two fundraising events: one this Sunday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 at Mulan restaurant in Cooper-Young; and another on Monday Feb. 24 at 5:00 p.m. at Jim's Place in East Memphis.

“The brochure includes a lengthy list of heavy-hitting endorsements, including former county mayor Joe Ford, Sr.; Memphis City Council members Lee Harris, Shea Flinn, and Janis Fullilove; County Commissioners Sidney Chism and Justin Ford; former state legislators Beverly Marrero, Jeanne Richardson, and Mike Kernell; and former Shelby County Democratic Party Chairs Mark Yates and David Cocke.”

Malone has a head start on the other three Democrats running for mayor, having announced her candidacy last year and begun having fundraisers in the fall of 2013. She, too, can — and surely will — boast an impressive list of endorsers.

Harvey and Whalum are not to be taken lightly, either. The former has the bully pulpit of a highly public chairmanship, and the latter is — as he notes — reasonably fresh from a well-noticed leadership role in the defeat of last year’s city sales-tax referendum. He is also well practiced in the art of using social media — especially Twitter — in publicizing his ideas and activities.

Another county commissioner aiming to move from the legislative ranks to executive status is Henri Brooks, who plans to file in the Democratic primary for the office of Juvenile Court Clerk on Tuesday. Brooks, who has been a declared candidate for some time, will be accompanied by her campaign chairperson, Ruby Wharton, wife of Mayor A C Wharton, as well as by members of “Women for Brooks,” an organization of supporters.

Brooks recently was awarded the Ruby R. Wharton Award for Outstanding Woman of 2014.

The award, given to Brooks for “her continuous commitment to advocating on Youth and Delinquency issues, according to a press release, is in the wake of further recognition the commissioner has received for urging the U..S. Department of Justice to look into the operations of Juvenile Court — an action that resulted in the DOJ mandating numerous reforms by the Court.

Brooks has also founded a Juvenile Court Community Monitors program to assist in implementing the reforms.

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