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I. An Intended Endorsement: Three politically active local woman present their two cents' worth:

Dear Friends:

We have some family and friends who flatter us every election by asking for vote recommendations. The three of us know we will all be overwhelmed by the upcoming ballot, so this year we decided to take the request seriously. After careful consideration and review of the candidates, here are the folks we support. As you probably have guessed, we lean toward those with progressive viewpoints and a reputation for competence. Please note this transcends race, gender and party affiliation. Even though some of the races have candidates who are unopposed, we want to support our friends by casting complimentary votes.

Also, note the Public Issues Forum will host a political forum on July 23 for numerous candidates on environmental issues at Shelby Farms.

PLEASE VOTE EARLY. Early voting begins July 14 and ends July 29. You have plenty of time to go vote and take your time. Election Day is going to be a zoo, we think. You can locate the early voting locations on the Shelby County Election Commission's website: www.shelbyvote.com.

Our recommendations follow. Please print out and take with you to the polls. Feel free to forward to other friends and family who may be confused about all the races. We hope you are having a good summer. - Paula Casey, Happy Jones, and Jocie Wurzburg

Candidates for:
U. S. House of Representatives - District 9

Steve Cohen (Democrat)

Tennessee House of Representatives
District 89

Beverly Robison Marrero (Democrat)

Supreme Court Judge
Vote Yes

William M. Barker

Cornelia A. Clark

Janice Holder

Candidates for:
Court Of Appeals Judge
Eastern Division
Vote Yes

Herschel P. Franks

Sharon G. Le

Charles Susano

Michael Swiney

Candidates for:
Court Of Appeals Judge
Middle Division
Vote Yes

William B. Cain

Frank Clement

Patricia Cottrell

William C. Koch, Jr.

Candidates for:
Court Of Appeals Judge
Western Division
Vote Yes

William Frank Crawford

David Farmer

Alan E. Highers

NO on Holly Kirby

Candidates for:
Court Of Criminal Appeals
Eastern Division
Vote Yes

Norma McGee Ogle

Joseph M. Tipton

Gary R. Wade

James C. Witt, Jr.

Candidates for:
Court of Criminal Appeals
Middle Division
Vote Yes

Jerry L. Smith

Robert W. Wedemeyer

David H. Welles

Thomas T. Woodall

Candidates for:
Court of Criminal Appeals
Western Division
Vote Yes

Alan E. Glenn

David G. Hayes

J. C. McLin

John Everett Williams

Candidate for:

Circuit Court Judge Division 2

James F. Russell

Circuit Court Judge Division 3

Karen R. Williams

Circuit Court Judge Division 4

Rita L. Stotts

Circuit Court Judge Division 5

Kay Robilio

Circuit Court Judge Division 6

Jerry Stokes

Circuit Court Judge Division 7

Donna M. Fields

Circuit Court Judge Division 8

D'Army Bailey

Circuit Court Judge Division 9

Robert L. (Butch) Childers

Chancellor Part 1

Walter L. Evans

Chancellor Part 2

Arnold Goldin

Chancellor Part 3

Kenny Armstrong

Criminal Court Judge Division 1

Paula Skahan

Criminal Court Judge Division 2

W. Otis Higgs, Jr.

Criminal Court Judge Division 3

John P. Colton, Jr.

Criminal Court Judge Division 4

Carolyn Wade Blackett

Criminal Court Judge Division 5

Jim Lammey

Criminal Court Judge Division 7

Janet Lansky Shipman

Criminal Court Judge Division 8

Chris Craft

Criminal Court Judge Division 9

Mark Ward

Criminal Court Judge
Division 10

James C. Beasley, Jr.

District Attorney General

Bill Gibbons

County Mayor

A C Wharton, Jr.

Shelby County Board of Commissioners

District 2, Position 2:Novella Smith Arnold

Shelby County Board of Commissioners

District 5: Steve Mulroy

Candidates for General Sessions Judge
Division 1:

Lynn Cobb

Division 2:

Phyllis Gardner

Division 3:

Charles W. McDonald

Division 4:
Regina Morrison Newman
Division 7:

Ann Pugh

Division 8:

Tim Dwyer

Division 9:

Joyce Broffitt

Division 10:

Anthony (Tony) Johnson

Division 11:

Mischelle Alexander-Best

Division 12:

Gwen Rooks

Division 13:

Louis J. Montesi, Jr.

Division 14:

Larry Potter

Division 15:

Loyce Lambert Ryan

Juvenile Court Judge:

Veronica Coleman

Probate Court Judge:
Division 1

Robert (Bob) Benham

Division 2

Donn Southern


Mark H. Luttrell

Circuit Court Clerk:

Jimmy Moore

Criminal Court Clerk:

Vernon Johnson, Sr.

Juvenile Court Clerk:

Steve Stamson

Probate Court Clerk:

Sondra Becton

County Clerk:

Debbie Stamson


Tom Leatherwood

Candidate for:
Shelby County School Board
District 7

LaRita Mitchell

Germantown Municipal Judge 2:

Bob Brannon

City Council District 4:

Dedrick Brittenum

Candidates for:
Memphis Charter Commission Member
Position 1:

Willie Brooks

Horace B. Jones

Position 2:

Bill Boyd

Dean Deyo

Position 3:

Marsha R. Campbell


Darrell K. Thomas

Position 4:

Fred L. Davis

Position 5:

George H. Brown, Jr.

Position 6:

Frank P. Palumbo

Position 7:

Myron Lowery

Millington Municipal Judge

Vicki L. Green

II. An (Unintended) Endorsement ?) Although the presence on this list of two active candidates in the current election would suggest at least a de facto endorsement, this news release indicates as much only indirectly:

Come hear Carol Chumney speak next Tuesday morning & please send this invitation to your e-mail list. Thank you very much.-Tran Bui

TV Moms highlights local women in politics.

Event will raise money for The Commission on Missing and Exploited Children

What does it take for a woman to make it in politics? There could be many answers. Tuesday July 18, 2006 guests of TV Moms will get the opportunity to ask four local women what motivates and sustains them in their political careers. The event, called The Breakfast Report will be at The Crescent Club from 7:30 to 9:00 am.

The panel of speakers will be:

á Carol Chumney: Memphis City Councilwoman and former member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for 13 years

á Sharon Goldsworthy: Germantown Mayor, Elected in 1994

á Carlee McCullough: Candidate for Chancery Court Judge Part 2, McCullough is the only African American woman in this race. If elected, whe will be the first woman to ever win position.

á Nikki Tinker: Candidate for Tennessee's 9th Congressional District, Tinker is the only woman running in this race. If elected, she would be the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress.

TV Moms Tran Bui and Kristen Terrell are both former local news reporters who have made new careers of being wives and mothers. They founded TV Moms to highlight issues and topics of interest to other women with professional and family careers. Both Bui and Terrell are members of the board of directors of COMEC, The Commission on Missing and Exploited Children. They hope to use their new TV Moms organization to raise awareness and funds for COMEC since it is a non-profit struggling to provide needed services to children and families.

Many of us spend so much time juggling home life and professional life that we forget to take time to give our minds work-outs, Terrell says. Tran and I hope to provide our peers, both women and men, with tools to help them stimulate their minds.

Tickets are $30 for one person.

$50 for 2 people.

Proceeds will go to the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children.

We hope you will support us as we launch this new endeavor. > >

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