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TN Politics: Mayoral Hopefuls Need to Address the Herenton (Not) in the Room


Five of the more than a dozen candidates for Memphis Mayor took part in a televised forum on Tuesday. Political analyst Otis Sanford says that recent polling shows they should be working to set themselves apart from two of the leading candidates who didn't make an appearance: former Mayor Willie Herenton and Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr.

Sanford adds that their criticisms of MLGW CEO Doug McGowen may not have shown political savvy. While the utility has faced a summer full of power outages, McGowen is still new to the job and facing problems leftover from numerous predecessors.

Also, this week TN Politics offers condolences to the friends and family of Daily Memphian food writer Jennifer Biggs, who passed away after a battle with cancer.

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.