October 15, 2009
Special Election Primary Today in Germantown
There is a state Senate primary today in addition to the Memphis mayoral election. District 31, where former Senator Paul Stanley resigned after being blackmailed about photos he took of a legislative intern, covers the cities of Bartlett and Germantown, along with a slice of Memphis proper and some unincorporated areas of Shelby County. Here's a map.
Former Rep. Brian Kelsey, who recently resigned his House seat in a move designed to keep it from potentially being filled by a Democrat-controlled Shelby County Commission, is considered a heavy favorite for the Senate seat. At the very least, he faces no viable primary opposition, as his House colleague Rep. Steve McManus decided not to run.
The general election for the Senate District 31 seat will be held on December 1, the same day a primary will be held for Kelsey's former District 83 House seat. Kelsey will face Democratic Party member Adrienne Pakis-Gillon.
There are quite a few candidates in the Memphis special election, but unless something strange happens, the likely winner is current Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton. We'll know tonight.
The Senate primary is a waste of time, since there is only one candidate in each party. But it is a legislative election, according to the law, and that is why it gets a mention on this blog today.
State Senate Elections | By joe lance | 9:56 AM