State Senate 29: As is surely well known, this is the seat, vacated by the indicted John Ford last year, that was only temporarily filled by Ford's sister Ophelia Ford, who was displaced in her turn by a Senate vote nullifying her election. Ophelia tries again in the Democratic primary and is opposed - again - by Southwest Tennessee Community College professor Steve Haley. Once again, near-miss Millington store-owner Terry Roland is running on the GOP side.
State Senate, District 33: There's a race on the Democratic side, where incumbent Kathryn Bowers, indicted and awaiting trail in the Tennessee Waltz extortion scandal, faces opposition from four candidates - notably including realtor Steve Webster, who seems to be running hard.
State House of Representatives, District 84: Incumbent Joe Towns Jr., is opposed by Rickey Dixon, brother of former Senator Roscoe Dixon, who was convicted in the Tennessee Waltz scandal and awaits sentencing. Towns had also been a candidate for the 9th District congressional seat until dropping out this week (his name remains on the ballot); his chances of getting back to the legislature are much better than even.
State House, District 91: Trivia question: Who is Kavin Carter? Answer: He's the guy who thinks he can take on veteran Democrat Lois DeBerry in the Democratic primary. House Speaker pro Tem DeBerry hasn't been hurt that much by isolated - and so far unincriminating -- mentions in the recent Dixon trial.
9th DISTRICT: THE PACK CONTRACTS
As the 9th District congressional race closed in on the August 3rd primary date, state Senator Steve Cohen, freshly endorsed by the AFSCME government workers' union, THE Memphis Education Association and the National Education Association, looked more than ever like the probable nominee. (Cohen was privately boasting a poll showing him with 30 percent over his nearest - unnamed - competitor.)
Conventional wisdom held that four candidates were vying for second-place status and a chance for a late run at Cohen as a "consensus" black candidate. They were: Joe Ford Jr., Nikki Tinker, Julian Bolton, and Ed Stanton Jr. (All, like Cohen, are lawyers.). Of these, Ford was considered to have the most momentum.
In the 7th District Democratic primary, Bill Morrison looked like a winner over Randy Morris.