Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Shelby Democrats Kick off Chairmanship Race With Straw Poll

Bryan Carson finishes ahead in informal tally at Overton Square fundraising event.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Democratic chairman candidates (l to r): Jennings Bernard, Bryan Carson, Terry  Spicer
  • JB
  • Democratic chairman candidates (l to r): Jennings Bernard, Bryan Carson, Terry Spicer

Cadres of the Shelby County Democratic Party conducted their first sampling of opinion Tuesday night regarding the person who will lead their local party for the next couple of years as chairman.

In a well-attended straw poll at the Red Bar on Florence at Overton Square, Bryan Carson, a unit supervisor at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, finished ahead of a three-man field that also included marketing specialist Terry Spicer and Jennings Bernard, a probation entrepreneur and sometime broadcaster.

No vote totals were released, but that was the order of finish when some 400-odd ballots were counted. At $10 a throw, that netted the Shelby County Democratic Party some $4,000 — “enough to pay for our convention,” jested Dave Cambron, one of the officiating party officials.

The evening did not go without an element of controversy. Two busloads of students from Whitehaven arrived at the venue with the intention of supporting Spicer’s candidacy, but most of them were under-age and were told by the bar’s management that they could not remain on the facilities for the event.

Word came later that the students were welcome to enter during a period of speechmaking by the three candidates, but by then the chaperone who had come with them had ordered the buses to return to Whitehaven.

Ballots for perhaps 25 of the 1090-or-so students had meanwhile been paid for by Spicer, who said afterward, “I probably would have won if they’d all been allowed to stay. Most of them wanted to stay and pay for their own ballots.”

The county’s Democrats will begin voting for real on March 16, when they caucus at Airways Middle School to select delegates. The party convention itself will be held at the same venue on April 6.

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
    • 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.
    • 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."

Speaking of School Consolidation

ADVERTISEMENT

Readers also liked…

  • The Big River Crossing: A Weekend to Remember

    The giant locomotive whistles, the inspiring speeches, the dazzling display of rainbow lighting on the Harahan Bridge at night, and the first treks across the bridge by foot and by bike are all embedded in Memphis history now, as the "Main St. to Main St. Multi-Modal Connector" project came to pass, linking Memphis to West Memphis, and both to the future. (WITH SLIDESHOW AND VIDEO OF BRIDGE LIGHTS)
    • Oct 25, 2016
  • In The Age Of Trump, Remember The Killian Documents

    For media consumers, the lesson is, be suspicious of everything, especially if it confirms your biases.
    • Jan 13, 2017
  • Wharton Backer Schledwitz Issues Election-Day Letter Conceding Strickland Victory

    Prominent business leader and major Wharton backer Karl Schledwitz issued a long and detailed letter early on Election Day that basically declared Councilman Jim Strickland the winner of the Mayor's race. Scdhledwitz says the letter went out early by mistake.
    • Oct 8, 2015

People who saved…

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
  • 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