Local 24 News political analyst Otis Sanford on the big 3 in the Memphis Mayor’s race, and the Tom Lee Park issue

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Many things have changed over the last four months, but not the Memphis city mayor’s race.

It had been thought that of all the people interested, there were only three main candidates.

One of them, former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, says he is against any changes being made to Tom Lee Park. Incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland wants negotiations to continue, saying a great park can be had and Memphis in May can still be located there.

The only one who didn’t say anything was Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer.

Local 24 News political commentator Otis Sanford says she should have said something, and says Herenton ruled the day.

(“Is it still the big three…do you think?”) “Oh no question about it. I mean there are, what…11 or 12 people, I don’t remember the last number, but yeah, the big three- the incumbent Jim Strickland, Dr. Herenton, and Tami Sawyer, they are the only ones I think who are viable in this race,” said Sanford.

Next week the list of candidates will be made official by the elections commission.

The Memphis city election will be held on Thursday, October 3rd.

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