County Commission Races: DISTRICT 1 (North
Shelby County) — The two Republican candidates are Melody McLeary and Amber Mills, who, as a GOP activist and wife of county party chair Lee Mills, presumably has wider contacts. Democrat J. Racquel Collins, a St. Jude administrator, will attempt to counter the habitual GOP tilt in this area.
DISTRICT 2 (East Shelby County, Collierville) — Architect David Bradford, unopposed in this primary, hopes to continue Republican control of the district, while political newcomer Tom Carpenter, head of a consulting firm, offers a Democratic challenge.
DISTRICT 3 (Bartlett, Lakeland) — Lindsey Massey and Mick Wright are the Republicans, with Wright seemingly having more GOP credentials and stouter support; attorney Monica Timmerman holds up the Democratic end.
DISTRICT 4 (Germantown) — Incumbent Mark Billingsley, one of the six commissioners not term-limited, would be favored even if he weren't unopposed in the GOP primary; the sole Democrat running is businessman Kevin Haley.
DISTRICT 5 (East Memphis, Binghamton, East Shelby County) — Democrats and Republicans have primary contests, with two GOP activists, realtor Geoff Diaz and county accountant Richard Morton vying, and the Democrats fielding retired U of M professor Lawrence Pivnick and Michael Whaley, an educational administrator.
DISTRICT 6 (Frayser, Raleigh) — FedEx administrator Willie Brooks, the Democratic incumbent, is unopposed in his primary; no Republican is running.
DISTRICT 7 (Frayser, Raleigh, North Memphis) — Three Democrats — Eric Dunn, former school board member Stephanie Gatewood, and activist Tami Sawyer of Take 'Em Down 901 fame — are competing as Democrats; realtor Sam Goff, a self-described "moderate Republican" has the GOP primary to himself.
DISTRICT 8 (Greater Downtown Residential, Frayser) — Daryl Lewis, son of a well-known party activist; Mickell Lowery, son of a longtime eminent city council member; Edith Ann Moore, former interim county commissioner; and lawyer J.B. Smiley are four Democrats contesting the issue on relatively equal terms. No Republicans are running to succeed the term-limited Walter Bailey.
DISTRICT 9 (Southwest Memphis, Whitehaven) — Hellzapoppin, it's a battle royale of talented Democrats: Edmund Ford Jr., Ian Jeffries, Pamela Williams, Kelly Adrian Killebrew, Jonathan M. Lewis, Roz Nichols, Jonathan Lang Smith. Seven Democrats, with the well-connected Ford, leaving the City Council, favored by such a split. Former school board member Sharon Webb is the lone Republican.
DISTRICT 10 (South Memphis, Orange Mound, Central Gardens, Cooper-Young, Overton Square) — The district has a diverse and multi-cultural constituency, and Democratic incumbent Reginald Milton, an able community organizer who's had some tight races in his time, is holding it down without opposition this year, save from an independent in the general election.
DISTRICT 11 (South Memphis, Whitehaven, Hickory Hill) — Milton's fellow first-term Democrat, Eddie Jones, a Memphis law-enforcement and code-enforcement veteran, has another Democrat, insurance man Eric Winston, to worry about. But no Republicans are running.
DISTRICT 12 (Hickory Hill) — Easy going here for Democrat Van Turner. No fellow Democrats and no Republicans for this able public figure, who as the president of the nonprofit that bought two Memphis parks, figured large in the fight to get the Confederate statues down.
DISTRICT 13 (University of Memphis, Greater East Memphis) — The incumbent, pharmaceutical executive Steve Basar, hopes to hold onto it but faces a huge challenge from well-supported newcomer Brandon Morrison. Meanwhile, two Democrats — former Election Commissioner and entrepreneur George Monger and retired lawyer Charlie Belenky, a California transplant — see 13 as a swing district. It's a long shot that would widen the nominal Democratic tilt on the Commission, now seven to six, by one.