MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) — The October 3rd election could bring a whole new group of city leaders with all city council seats up for grabs as well as the mayoral position.
Candidates have until noon on Thursday to file for the election.
According to the Shelby County Election Commission, more than 50 people have qualified, so far, to run in the election.
Already the race to election day has started to heat up. Several candidates have been running active campaigns for weeks now.
As of Thursday night’s filings, it appears that District 7 City Council race has the potential to be the most crowded. The seat is currently held by Berlin Boyd. There are currently six people running against Boyd plus two more in the process of qualifying.
The mayoral race is another competitive group with eight on board to run. That includes incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland.
In order to qualify, candidates must file and collect 25 valid signatures. Some candidate filings listed as “in process” are scheduled to be counted.
On the City Council, three spots will see new faces no matter the outcome. Due to term limits, Joe Brown (District 8-1), current Chairman Kemp Conrad (District 9-1) and Reid Hedgepoth (District 9-3) have positions up for grabs.
District 6 of the city council is also open. Current Councilwoman Gerre Currie has filed to run in Brown’s district.
Candidates will have an additional deadline of July 25th to withdraw their petitions to run.