Erica R. Williams

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Strickland – ‘Everybody’s mayor’ – wins big

In a landslide victory, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was re-elected for a second term, easily defeating his two highest-profile opponents, former mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton and Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer. “Thank you, Memphis,” Strickland shouted to a vibrant room of supporters gathered at...

Election Day means one last chance for candidates, voters

With more than 52,000 early votes cast in Memphis’ Oct. 3 Municipal Elections, campaigners revved up the push for voters on the eve of Election Day. On street corners, parking lots and places in between and beyond, candidates and designated representatives pitched hard to get...

Harris takes MATA plans to Frayser

With the Frayser Exchange Club meeting as the setting, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris on Thursday pitched his plan to fight poverty by way of a new transit proposal. Harris has proposed directing $10 million for Memphis Area Transit Authority by adding a fee for...

ELECTION 2019: With one week to go, Memphis early voting numbers lag behind 2015

With early voting still underway at sites throughout the city, reports obtained this week showed that older voters are the largest group to have voted thus far. According to turnout data released from the Shelby County Election Commission, 21,983 voters had cast their ballots during...

Tami Sawyer mending fences, pushing forward amid controversy

Tami Sawyer has experienced her share of criticism and controversy since announcing her bid to run for mayor of Memphis, but this time, she told The New Tri-State Defender on Tuesday, the backlash is different. After several old tweets resurfaced from her personal Twitter account,...

A CLOSER LOOK AT: Tami Sawyer: ‘The race is shaped up to be the past, present and future’

Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: Former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton Mayor Jim Strickland (Incumbent) Shelby County Commissioner...

A CLOSER LOOK AT: Jim Strickland: ‘More Memphians have hope now than four years ago’

Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: Former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton County Commissioner Tami Sawyer Memphis Mayor Jim...

A CLOSER LOOK AT: Dr. Willie. W. Herenton: ‘We’re heading back to City Hall’

Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: County Commissioner Tami Sawyer Mayor Jim Strickland (Incumbent) Dr. Willie W. Herenton recalled...

Backlash sinks magazine cover deemed racist by many

Memphis Magazine has pulled its September issue after receiving backlash for what some have called a racist cover. The magazine featured caricatures of three mayoral candidates -- Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer, incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland and former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton. But it’s the...

County Commission makes two moves regarding $15 minimum wage

Shelby County Commission approved an ordinance requiring them to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The order was approved on final reading at the county commission meeting, Monday. Although a similar resolution was passed last year, this recent legislation ensured that it be...