Thursday, September 15, 2011

SCS Vice Chair Wissman Wins Arlington Mayor's Race

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Mike Wissman, already vice chair of the Shelby County Schools Board and soon to be a member of the new interim all-county school board, picked up yet another public office Thursday, winning the four-way race for Arlington mayor with 745 votes (38.78 percent of the vote) to 626 votes for fourth vice mayor Hugh Lamar, his nearest competitor.

Brian Groves (also known professionally by his former radio-DJ name Brian Elder) was third with 297 votes (15.46 percent of the total), followed by alderman Brian Thompson with 252 votes (13.12 percent).

Wissman succeeds Russell Wiseman, who opted not to run for reelection as mayor

Although the prospect of his serving in two public offices at once became a campaign issue for his opponents, Wissman, a Memphis firefighter, has indicated he will keep his school board post while serving as Arlington mayor.

Wissman made the issue work for him, though, as he countered that his familiarity with the issues of the forthcoming merger of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools equipped him best to deal with an uncertain educational future.

All four candidates had expressed interest in Arlington’s withdrawal from the forthcoming all-county school system into a new suburban special school district in September 2013 when the ban on such districts will be lifted under the terms of the Norris-Todd legislation passed this year in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Last week Arlington city officials contracted with Southern Educational Strategies to help the city pursue the prospect of an independent school district.

Winners in Arlington’s aldermanic races were: Glen Bascom, Position 1; Gerald W. McGee, Position 2; and Jeff McKee, Position 3.

In neighboring Lakeland, where it was also election day, Randy Nicholson and Gerrit Verschuur won commissioner’s seats.

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