Weekend Politics Update: GOTV for Richardson; a Switch for Morrison 

It was getting to be something of a well-kept secret -- Tuesday's special general election for the District 89 state House seat. Only 250 people had taken advantage of early voting, and that was low, even by special-election standards.

That fact concerned the partisans of Jeanne Richardson (the spelling is meant to be pronounced simply 'Jean," but her friends have always said it as 'Jeanie,' and she has accommodated herself to the fact). As the Democratic nominee in a heavily Democratic Midtown district, Richardson was favored, but her primary contest against Kevin Gallagher had seen bitterness among the two camps, and with the early-voting totals so meager, the Richardson camp got worried.

So, among other things, they held a rally Friday night at the Hunt-Phelan home to get the troops juiced up for Tuesday's showdown against Republican Dave Wicker and write-in candidate Steve Edmundson. To judge by the conversation at the well-attended Richardson affair, the main concern was Edmundson, a sometime civic activist and high school teacher, and the owner of the fashionable Kudzu's bar.

But earlier in the year Shelby Democrats had seen their Republican counterparts sandbag a special election until just the last minute, giving Beverly Marrero, the previous District 89 House incumbent, a scare in her ultimately successful race for the vacant District 30 state Senate seat. So not even Wicker, still an unknown quantity, was being taken for granted.


  • At the other end of the county, almost simultaneously, another group of Democrats was gathered at the Germantown home of Chris and Candi Schoenberg for a fundraiser on behalf of Bill Morrison, a Memphis city teacher who had run for Congress in the Seventh District lat year and was announcing a bid for city council.

    Morrison, who had long been rumored as a candidate for the Super-District 9, Position 3 seat now held by Jack Sammons, informed his group of supporters that he would be seeking the District 1 seat being vacated by incumbent E.C. Jones instead. Amid new reports, now confirmed, that Sammons would not be seeking reelection, Democratic activist Desi Franklin had filed for the super-district seat, and Morrison -- on the theory, as he put it, that "two good Democrats shouldn't run against each other" -- opted to make his race in District 1.

    That put him into a hotly contested race that also included School Board member Stephanie Gatewood, Antonio Parkinson, Keith Ferguson, and W.B. Bates II.



  • Comments

    Subscribe to this thread:

    Add a comment

    ADVERTISEMENT
    ADVERTISEMENT
      • New Names on the Marquee

        Ford in the future, Bredesen in the present, and Fincher versus Blackburn?
      • Filling in the Blanks

        Harris jumps into county mayor’s race; Blackburn declares for Corker’s seat; other big names contemplate a race.
      • TN Races for Governor, Senator, Heat Up!

        At a geometrically increasing rate, aspirants for significant public office on the 2018 ballot are coming front and center with announcements of candidacy, kickoff events, and the like

    Blogs

    Fly On The Wall Blog

    A Post About Gluten Free Strippers and Effing Traffic

    Music Blog

    A Week's Tribute to Jimmie Lunceford

    News Blog

    MATA Proposes to End Ikea Route, Alter Others

    Beyond the Arc

    Beyond the Arc Podcast #84: The Dillon Brooks Era

    Tiger Blue

    #25 Memphis 42, Houston 38

    Music Blog

    Butthole Surfers and Bad Seeds Salute the Man in Black

    Music Blog

    Soulsville USA Festival Lights Up McLemore Ave.

    We Saw You

    Emo and you

    ADVERTISEMENT

    More by Jackson Baker

    Readers also liked…

    • Filling the Space

      For all the in-fighting, we’re all looking for the same thing, and sometimes we can realize it.
      • Jul 14, 2016
    • The Buddy System

      Harris and Kelsey hope to effect a good public outcome on the TVA/aquifer issue.
      • Feb 2, 2017
    • Behind the Bill

      Not all the ramifications of the de-annexation measure now pending in the General Assembly are well enough known, even by some of the sponsors.
      • Mar 17, 2016
    ADVERTISEMENT
    © 1996-2017

    Contemporary Media
    460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
    Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
    Powered by Foundation