MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Aside from solemn commemorations and smoky cookouts, the Memorial Day Holiday also marks the start of yet another political campaign season. Local 24 political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view.
Most followers of local politics already know about the upcoming Shelby County general election. But many voters may not be aware just yet of a few intriguing contests on the August 2nd ballot for seats in the Tennessee legislature.
Two races in particular bear watching, and both are for the Democratic nomination to the State Senate.
Raumesh Akbari is giving up her seat in the House and is pursing the District 29 Senate seat. Her opponent is county commissioner Justin Ford who is term limited in that position. The race is intriguing because Akbari is considered a rising star in Democratic politics and has been an active legislator, despite Republicans holding a super majority. But she is going up against the once powerful Ford family who held the District 29 seat for decades. Justin Ford may not have the same political strength. But the Ford name still carries weight among many voters.
The other Senate race worth watching is in District 33 where Katrina Robinson is trying to unseat incumbent Reginald Tate, who has alienated many local Democrats because of his Republican-leaning voting record.
If it’s true that women voters will be the ultimate deciders in the August election, then it’s worth keeping a close eye on Senate districts 29 and 33.