The week currently under way is scheduled to bring both the beginning of early voting for the August 7th elections in Shelby County and the second-quarter financial reports for candidates in the various local, state, and federal races.
One of the most closely watched local races is that for the 9th Congressional District. Since no Republican is running, the winner of the August 7th Democratic primary also will be the de facto winner of the race.
In that hotly contested contest (see "Showdown in the 9th District"), only two candidates have raised significant amounts of money. They are incumbent Steve Cohen and his chief challenger, attorney Nikki Tinker.
As of the first quarter, Cohen reported $519,098 raised, with disbursements of $42,275 and cash on hand of $605,292.
Tinker's first-quarter totals were $291,467 raised, with disbursements of $70,950 and cash on hand of $227,629.
Deadline for reporting second-quarter totals was midnight on July 15th. At press time, Cohen's office had reported cumulative totals, through the second quarter, of $817,681.35 raised, $254,559.95 disbursed, and $726,596.18 on hand.
Tinker's reported cumulative receipts were $381,596, with $142.179 in disbgurwsements and $246,529 cash on hand.
Shelby County Election Commission, 157 Poplar Ave., Suite 121 Friday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, July 21, through Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; other weekdays, Thursday, July 24, through Friday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, and Saturday, August 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satellite Locations All locations open on weekdays, July 24 through August 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, July 26, and Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anointed Temple of Praise, 3949 Riverdale Rd.; Baker Community Center, 7942 Church St.; Bethel Church, 5586 Stage Rd.; Berclair Church of Christ, 4536 Summer Ave.; Bishop Byrne High School, 1475 E. Shelby Dr.; Collierville Old Town Hall, 101 Walnut St.; Dave Wells Community Center, 915 Chelsea Ave.; Glenview Community Center, 1141 S. Barksdale St.; Greater Middle Baptist Church, 4982 Knight-Arnold Rd.; Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, 2095 Appling Rd.; Mississipi Boulevard Pre-School Cafeteria, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd.; Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 3045 Chelsea Ave.; New Bethel Baptist Church (Family Life Center), 7786 Poplar Pike; Pyramid Recovery Center, 1833 S. Third St.; Raleigh United Methodist Church, 3295 Powers Rd.; Shiloh Baptist Church, 3121 Range Line Rd.; Westwood High School, 4480 Westmont St.; White Station Church of Christ, 1106 Colonial Rd.
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