Mary Wilder to Serve as Interim State Rep From District 89 

Longtime civic activist Mary Wilder was elected unanimously by the Shelby County Commission Monday as interim state representative from House District 89.

Wilder, 57, manager of a home repair program for MIFA and a longtime member of the Vollintine Evergreen Community Association, has been frequently mentioned over the years as a potential candidate for public office. Most recently she was a candidate for the city Charter Commission last year.

Though she will evidently serve for the duration of the current legislation session, Wilder will not seek the permanent seat, which was vacated recently when District 89 representative Beverly Marrero was elected to the state Senate.

Democratic and Republican primaries for District 89 will be held on Thursday, May 31, with the general election following on Tuesday, July 17. Kevin Gallagher and Jeannie Richardson are known Democratic candidates; so far so Republican candidate has announced.

Filing deadline for that election will be Thursday, April 19; withdrawal deadline with be Monday, April 23.

--j.b.

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