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TN Politics: The Start of Early Voting Brings Late Rush of Appeals


In 2008, nearly two-thirds of Memphis voters enacted term limits for the offices of mayor and city council. A referendum at the bottom of thelengthy August 4 election ballotwould extend those limits by one additional four-year term.

Political analyst Otis Sanford says that while voters may not want to extend term limits, they may do so to keep a popular mayor. This week Jim Strickland announced he would seek reelection if voters extended term limits on the August 4 ballot.

In the race for District Attorney, incumbent Amy Weirich has said that her Republican party affiliation has no impact on how she will carry out her legal duties. But Democrat Steve Mulroy is leaning into Shelby County's liberal majority and promising to change what he calls the status quo.

Finally, Sanford comments on Memphis-Shelby County Schools Superintendent Joris Ray was was placed on leave this week by the school board while an investigation is held into his extramarital conduct.

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.