Politics

Seven months ago Tami Sawyer launched a Memphis mayoral campaign that championed the slogan “We Can’t Wait” and with some it caught fire - but not nearly enough for the first-term Shelby County Board of Commissioners member to get anywhere close to victory. Set in the creative stylings of The...
For voters in Memphis City Council districts 1 and 7, the political season will continue as runoffs were warranted after votes from the Municipal Election were tallied Thursday night. Voters also approved a half-cent sales tax hike pitched to restore benefits to city police and firefighters cut five years ago....
With 119 of 119 precincts reporting the vote totals are: Unofficial election results from the Shelby County Election Commission.    
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 the attention and commitment of...
Election Day is upon us! Polls open at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 for Memphis Municipal elections -- in which we'll find out who the newest members of the City Council will be, as well as whether incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland will keep his job, or whether he'll be...
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, the District 7 Shelby County...
At 92, retired Capt. Jerry Williams of the Memphis Police Department most likely will drive to his local precinct to vote in the Oct. 3 Municipal Election. And if by some chance he can’t continue his personal tradition, he’ll hitch a ride. Voting is that big of a deal to...
 A federal judge has blocked Tennessee’s new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1 while a challenge of the law proceeds. Judge Aleta Trauger wrote Thursday that there’s no basis in the record to conclude the law will provide much benefit to Tennesseans, and less reason to...
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 illustration of District 7 Commissioner...
Hundreds of women gathered Saturday to support mayoral contender Dr. Willie W. Herenton at his first “Women for Herenton” rally. Between the sounds of soul music, chants and cheers, Herenton issued a call to action to the women who’d gathered at the event. He asked them to help get him...