District 9, Position 1 City Council incumbent Kemp Conrad
, who combines business with pleasure when it comes to electioneering, threw one of his patented Gatsby-like parties at his East Memphis home last week.
Doubling as a fundraiser and drawing a large and eclectic turnout, the affair drew money into coffers that were already pretty full as the heavily favored Conrad prepared for his 2015 reelection race against a field of challengers.
The affair ended with a karaoke session.
On Monday of this week, two District 2 contenders— Rachel Knox
(l) and Jim Tomasik
— exchanged notes as they bumped into each other at the Flyer Saucer on Germantown Parkway. (The occasion was a "Patio Pints" fundraiser for City Council candidates Robin Spielberger
(Super District 9, Position 1) and Lynn Moss
(Super District 9, Position 2), who are very informally running a group campaign in tandem with Tomasik. Knox just happened by.
Each of the two pictured here has aspirations of beating the favored, GOP-supported Frank Colvett Jr.
— Knox on the strength of significant support from Shelby County Democrats, Tomasik from, among other sources, discontented suburbanites recently annexed into Memphis.
Well, now, who can be opposed to this, huh? A little kumbaya on the campaign trail between Knox and Robin Spielberger
(l), a challenger to Conrad in Super District 9, Position 1 race and co-beneficiary of the "Pinto Pints" affair..
On Sunday District 5 candidate Charles "Chooch" Pickard
(left) was feted at a fundraiser on East Chickasaw Parkway. Well-wishers for the architect/candidate included graphic designer Monte Shane (center) and Mark Bieber of Memphis Heritage.