MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 2021 is one of those rare years when there is not an election anywhere in Shelby County. And I’m sure voters are happy for the break, and the county election commission is happy not having to hold an election of any size for the first time in more than a decade.
But the political calm is about to change, and candidates are already gearing up.
Memphis city councilman Worth Morgan made it official Monday by formally announcing that he will seek the Republican nomination for county mayor next year. Morgan is in his second term as a councilman and cannot run again for that seat in 2023. So he is doing what many other term-limited council members have done in recent years – seek another office before their council term is over.
Morgan becomes the first Republican to announce for county mayor in the upcoming May primary. But he is unlikely to be the last. He and other Republicans believe current mayor Lee Harris is vulnerable in 2022. Harris has even drawn a Democratic primary challenge from former city official Ken Moody.
With nearly seven months before the primary, no doubt only those who keep a close eye on local politics are paying attention. But Morgan has name recognition and will have the money to wage a strong campaign.
So, enjoy this break from elections. Because it will be over before you know it.