Politics and Politicians on the Move

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As indicated in this week’s regular “Politics” column on the "Drysdale Effect," the pace of pre-election activity is picking up. Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir, whose candidacy for County Mayor has been a given for months, was scheduled to make it official on Thursday afternoon with an announcement in the offices of Crye-Leike on Quail Hollow Road. (Posting on that to come).

Meanwhile, other candidates and candidacies (and potential candidacies) were on the front burner.

On Wednesday evening, City Councilman Edmund Ford had a well-attended fundraiser in East Memphis for his candidacy for the District 9 County Commission seat now held by his term-limited cousin Justin Ford. Among the dignitaries present was the well-wisher pictured here, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.



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A little further north on Wednesday, at Colleta’s Restaurant on Highway 64, two other hopefuls were on display at the Germantown Democratic Club — outgoing County Commissioner Melvin Burgess Jr., who is running for Assessor (pictured here after making his remarks), and state Senator Lee Harris, who is still meditating on a possible race for County Mayor. He's pictured here taking a question from Germantown Democrat Diane Cambron.

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The names are dropping into the hat bigtime apropos the forthcoming race to succeed U.S. Senator Bob Corker, who announced this week that he would not be seeking reelection. More on that later.

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