Veteran Memphis school board member Carl Johnson, who came within a percentage point of winning his reelection race outright in November, succumbed to opponent Sharon Webb, a Whitehaven minister and member of the Charter Commission, in Tuesday's runoff for Position 6. In an election characterized by a light turnout, Web won 54 percent to Johnson's 46 percent.
Former president Bill Clinton made a special appearance in Memphis Wednesday on senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr.'s behalf. Speaking to a large crowd at the COGIC Temple of Deliverance, Clinton hailed Rep. Ford's Senate bid as an "historic opportunity" for the country to move "beyond race." The former president acknowledged possible differences of opinion on some issues but said, "If we agree on everything, one of us isn't thinking."
Clinton said Ford's victory was necessary as a part of long overdue political change in Washington. On Iraq, Clinton disputed Republican allegations that Democrats wanted to "cut and run," saying, "What we want to do is stop and think."
Way is clear for other suburbs to follow suit, ending longstanding school litigation, though Germantown's situation remains unclear. County Commission will meet Thursday to end litigation against first two suburbs.