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Roland Says He's Running For County Mayor Because "The People" Asked Him

Memphis, TN - It is early voting time for the Shelby County Primary and, yes, you will be looking at a lot of names on the ballots. 

Current Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, a Republican, can't run for re-election because of term limits.
There are five people who want his job two Democrats and three Republicans. Joy Touliatos, David Lenoir, and Terry Roland.

We start with Terry Roland, and the place to find him is at Roland's Tire Store in Millington. It is a business started by his father, more than 50 years ago.
Roland Tire is a bit of a community gathering spot with a big pool table and barber chairs and as we were ready to talk. We heard the click and clatter of billiard balls.
"Hey," Roland said, "Hold on there just for a second, buddy, if you don't mind."

He wanted the guy playing pool in his tire shop waiting area to chill for a few minutes while he talked.
Terry Roland took the step from business to politics 8 years ago and he is known for holding very little back when it comes to opinions.
For example, he thinks Shelby County officials need to be able to tell Shelby County School Board members how to spend their budget money.
"Somebody's got to give the school board oversight," he says. "If you look at them, they're more community activists. You have to have a business mind, just like you do on the County Commission."

Roland on public safety same thing, "The first thing we do about crime is not do what the city of Memphis did. You don't cut their benefits. You don't cut their pay. You don't cut their retirement. That's why the police are leaving. The number one thing in any government is public safety."

He talks about fixing infrastructure roads and bridges.
It will help Shelby County grow he says, and that's what he wants.
"You ever love something or somebody so much you could feel it, and it hurts" Roland asks?  "That's what I feel for Memphis and Shelby County."


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