Wharton Waltzes to New Memphis Mayor Term (without coattails)

Unsurprisingly, there were no surprises in the 2011 Memphis city election– unless you count the apparent irrelevance of Mayor A C Wharton’s maiden effort at a Ford-style coattails ballot.
More from Jackson Baker’s look at Tuesday’s election results in Memphis:
Otherwise, the mayor — who breezed to an easy 2-to-1 victory over his closest opponent, former city councilman Edmund Ford Sr, and eight other opponents — had no worries. Neither did any of the other incumbents who had opposition — including councilwoman Janis Fullilove in Super-District 8, Position 2, who was opposed by the much touted minister/activist Roslyn Nichols, a Wharton endorsee.
Fullilove won over Nichols and two other opponents by a comfortable 57.83 percent margin. Another Wharton endorsee, University of Memphis law professor Lee Harris, ran neck-to-neck in District 7 with Kemba Ford, the daughter of former state Senator John Ford, who is currently languishing in a federal prison in Mississippi but was surely following the election returns with some degree of vicarious pride.
Harris, who had an abundance of establishment support, and Ford, the two of whom will now vie in a runoff, were the leaders in a large field of contenders, with the rest trailing far behind.
District 7 had been the bailiwick of former councilwoman Barbara Swearengen Ware, who retired after accepting a sentence for official misconduct, and was the only Council district with an open seat.

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