Tuesday, May 27, 2003

CHUMNEY'S HAT IN RING FOR DISTRICT 5 COUNCIL SEAT

CHUMNEY'S HAT IN RING FOR DISTRICT 5 COUNCIL SEAT

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2003 at 4:00 AM

The field of candidates for the 5th District city council seat being vacated by John Vergos has grown by one more well-known political name. State Rep. Carol Chumney, who represents Midtown in the Tennessee legislature and who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for Shelby County mayor last year, said Monday she planned to pick up a petition for the race on Tuesday morning. Chumney said she would go to the Election Commission early and then head to Nashville, where the legislature is expected to adjourn this week. She planned to make the trip downtown in the company of activist Mary Wilder, a close friend of Chumney’s who had been a rumored candidate for the 5th District seat herself. “There are a lot of good candidates in the race,” Chumney said, “but I’m the only one with experience in some of the most important issues the council will be dealing with.” Others who have declared for the seat include lawyer Jim Strickland, businessman/physician George Flinn, and frequent candidate Joe Cooper. Chumney said that she felt her 13 years in the state House have been successful and that she wanted to “come home and work every day in the community,” applying her expertise. She said that she already represented “40 percent” of the council district as a legislator and knew the rest of the district well, having grown up in the East Memphis portion of it, where she now also maintains her law office. She named child care, an issue on which she led reform efforts in Nashville, and “smart growth” as significant local issues. If successful, Chumney said, she would finish out her legislative term but would not seek reelection to it next year. Meanwhile, any overlap in state pay would be donated to “neighborhood groups,” she said.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Speaking of School Consolidation

ADVERTISEMENT

Readers also liked…

Most Commented On

  • Cohen Won't Attend Trump Inauguration

    Makes announcement at MLK commemoration at Mason Temple, tells Flyer that President-elect's insulting tweets about civil rights icon John Lewis were "the straw that broke the camel's back."
    • Jan 16, 2017
  • One Eye on The Memphis Women's March, January 21, 2017

    Thousands were there for the local version of an epochal national event -- including daughter Rose Baker, who captured the flavor of the march in words and pictures.
    • Jan 21, 2017
  • More »
ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation