The Shelby County Democrats held two fundraising events the past week, one looking back and other looking ahead. and drew decent crowds and presumably decent cash at both.
The first event, held Wednesday night at Alfred’s on Beale, was a fundraiser for the party’s ongoing legal challenge of the 2010 countywide general election, during which the Democratic slate — somewhat unexpectedly, given the demographics — was swept by the Republicans.
The Democrats are appealing a ruling last year by Chancellor Arnold Goldin which disallowed the party’s protest, which was based on alleged irregularities, some inadvertent, some believed by the Democrats to be more suspicious.
Then, on Friday night, some 100 people gathered at the Spaghetti Warehouse for a “straw poll” giving participants a chance to cast ballots indicating their preferences in the forthcoming Memphis municipal election. Perhaps unsurprisingly, candidates known to be Democrats swamped those with Repubican or strictly independent connections.
The results, released this weekend, show the winners to be:
Memphis Mayor: A C Wharton
City Council Dist. 1: Bill Morrison
City Council Dist 2: Sylvia Cox
City Council Dist 4: Wanda Halbert
City Council Dist 6: Edmund Ford Jr.
City Council Dist 7: Lee Harris
City Council Dist. 8 Pos. 1: Joe Brown
City Council Dist. 8 Pos. 2: Rosalyn NicholsCity Council Dist. 9 Pos. 1: Paul Shaffer
City Council Dist. 9 Pos. 2: Shea Flinn
City Clerk: Thomas Long
(Unopposed candidates are not listed.)