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The Biggest Issues On A Hefty August Ballot

It’s Election Day in Tennessee. There are 92 candidates running and 46 different decisions facing voters in Shelby County alone. On the ballot are state and national primaries and local races and referendums. 

Among the contests Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries said everyone will be watching are ballot questions about forming municipal school districts in the suburbs outside of Memphis.

Dries said those ballot questions could impact the races for Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk and the property assessor contest. “Because Democrats fear, and Republicans hope, that the big turnout for the municipal schools questions will translate into support for the Republican challengers of the two Democratic incumbents,” Dries said.

The court clerk and the property assessor are the only two countywide offices that Democrats currently hold.

And finally, a recent redistricting has incumbent Democratic state legislators fighting for their party’s nomination in three districts—Mike Kernell is running against G.A. Hardaway in state House District 93. John DeBerry is competing against Jeanne Richardson in state House District 90. And in state Senate District 30 Jim Kyle is scrapping with Beverly Marrero.

“They will probably be the closest races of the evening. They’re also the races that have potentially been the most effected by the early voting problems,” Dries said.

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