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The Final Five? -- a List of Democratic Election Commission Hopefuls

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Five veterans of the political world are apparently the finalists for the Shelby County Democratic delegation to choose from as new county election commissioners.

Shep Wilbun, former Juvenile Court clerk and a veteran of the Memphis city council and the Shelby County Commission, is one of the five names to emerge from a meeting of the delegation in Memphis last week.

Others are current election commissioner O.C. Pleasant, who served several years as chairman of the body; Myra Stiles, a former longtime commissioner; Joe Young, a political veteran who, among other things, was for some years a field rep for former state Democratic chairman Jane Eskind; and Norma Lester, who is the current secretary of the Shelby County Democratic Party.

The group of five was winnowed down from some 15 original applicants for the three positions available for Democrats.

One dissenting member of the delegation, however, said the list was not of finalists per se, contending, "It's vaguer than that; It's had to say exactly what the list represents."

The original deadline for the Democrats to select the party's three commissioners was April 1; there was no word on when a final selection will occur. Republicans are expected to return their two current members, Nancye Hines and Rich Holden.

--Jackson Baker

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