Let's look at them, shall we? Here they are:
The nominees are:
- Millington Mayor Richard L. Hodges
- Former Collierville Mayor Linda Kerley
- County Commissioner J.W. Gibson of Memphis
- Julie Ellis, an attorney at Butler Snow PLLC
- Lou Etta Burkins, FedEx Express project engineer of unincorporated Shelby County
- Andre Fowlkes, Memphis Small Business Chamber executive director
- Billy Orgel, Tower Ventures developer, of Memphis
- Chris Patterson, an attorney atWiseman Bray PLLC of Germantown
- The Rev. Randolph Meade Walker, pastor of Castalia Baptist Church
- and Rufus Washington, retired U.S. Marine and president of Southeast Shelby County Coalition.
Billy Orgel? What, Jackie Welch was busy????? This, I do NOT understand, and I know he is one of the CITY votes.
I'm just not at all thrilled with most of this bunch, and they make up two-thirds of the group, if approved by the County Commission. I only hope Myron Lowery now chooses five for the City before the election, in the event he is not chosen as full time Mayor.
Although, I have to tell you, I am beginning to sense a shift in Myron's direction, and not just because he has held his own in that poll over on the right side of the blog. People LIKE what the Mayor Pro Tem is doing (unless they are buds with his predecessor) and are seriously considering voting for him. Despite the AC's, er, the CA's best efforts to move Mayor Wharton across Main Street, people know that the Dalai Lama situation was overblown.
Mayor Lowery(I'm really beginning to like the sound of that) may have helped himself even more on Tuesday with a speech before the Rotary Club, where he told the crowd of 200 that, if elected on October 15, he will NOT seek re-election as Mayor in 2011.
That would allow him to continue the massive cleanup of city government which he has undertaken, and which has won him a great deal of approval all over the city. yes, I know he over-reached at the beginning, but his heart has always been in the right place and his head is there as well.
I'm still waiting until Election Day to vote, but I have a much clearer picture today of where I am headed with this vote. At the end of the day, if the incumbent is doing what we desperately need him to do, why change?