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WEB EXTRA: Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews says – “Hey vote, will ya’!”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It’s election time, and nobody is voting. What a surprise. You know, the famous playwright Tennessee Williams li...
Mike Matthews

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It’s election time, and nobody is voting.

What a surprise.

You know, the famous playwright Tennessee Williams lived inMemphis. If he stayed here, he would have written a play called a StreetcarNamed Who Cares?

It would have been about elections.

One has seen a race come alive over the last few weeks, and thatremains the talk of people behind the scenes.

Tweets, old tweets coming to light from candidates. It shows thechange in politics.

It also shows that those who live by the tweet can see theirpolitical careers die by the tweet. And it’s not pretty.

Early voting continues next week. 

There will not be any debates between the big three candidates forMayor.

Political signs will pop up.

And don’t forget the question at the bottom of the ballot aboutraising the sales tax by half-a-cent.

Right now, Memphis has the lowest sales tax of any municipality inShelby County. If the tax is raised by half-a-cent, it is expected to raise$54-million, with the money going to restore retirees’ health benefits, and thepension.

One city councilman, Kemp Conrad, seems to be running a one-manwar against the idea, saying it will end up doing nothing its supporters say itwill. He says he has facts.

Supporters say they have facts.

Here’s a fact.

You can make a difference, and that’s a solid gold fact. Vote.