Tuesday, September 1, 2015

From the Campaign Trail: Council Candidates Knuckling Down

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

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District 9, Position 1 City Council incumbent Kemp Conrad, who combines business with pleasure when it comes to electioneering, threw one of his patented Gatsby-like parties at his East Memphis home last week.

Doubling as a fundraiser and drawing a large and eclectic turnout,  the affair drew money into coffers that were already pretty full as the heavily favored Conrad prepared for his 2015 reelection race against a field of challengers.

The affair ended with a karaoke session.

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On Monday of this week, two District 2 contenders— Rachel Knox (l) and Jim Tomasik — exchanged notes as they bumped into each other at the Flyer Saucer on Germantown Parkway. (The occasion was a "Patio Pints" fundraiser for City Council candidates Robin Spielberger (Super District 9, Position 1) and Lynn Moss (Super District 9, Position 2), who are very informally running a group campaign in tandem with Tomasik. Knox just happened by.

Each of the two pictured here has aspirations of beating the favored, GOP-supported Frank Colvett Jr.— Knox on the strength of significant support from Shelby County Democrats, Tomasik from, among other sources, discontented suburbanites recently annexed into Memphis.

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Well, now, who can be opposed to this, huh? A little kumbaya on the campaign trail between Knox and  Robin Spielberger (l), a challenger to Conrad in Super District 9, Position 1 race and co-beneficiary of the "Pinto Pints" affair..

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On Sunday District 5 candidate Charles "Chooch" Pickard (left) was feted at a fundraiser on East Chickasaw Parkway. Well-wishers for the architect/candidate included graphic designer Monte Shane (center) and Mark Bieber of Memphis Heritage.

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