WEB EXTRA: Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews – IT IS OVER!! Down goes Herenton, down goes Sawyer, Strickland is the champ again

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Ok, I know. What’s the deal with all the boxing references?

The great Howard Cosell would scream how “It Is Over!!”

He might have ended up falling asleep when it came to the Memphis City Elections.

Biggest vote was the one about raising the sales tax. People voted to raise their own taxes. That’s a news story all by itself.

In this case, they voted to raise the sales tax because the benefits were going to go back to first responders – police and firefighters.

This one will be interesting to watch, because police and firefighters have been trying to get these benefits restored for years, until they came up with their own plan. A plan you folks approved.

The Mayor’s race was a snoozer.

Jim Strickland is perceived by most Memphians as a nice guy. He IS a nice guy.

Strickland said he wanted to focus on road repairs, crime, and all the basic services. All of those problems still exist, but he has, and continues, to come up with plans to alleviate them.

Look, the bottom line is this.

Politicians that say they’re going to do something, and then do it, they get re-elected.

If anybody expected Strickland to solve the crime problem in four years, a problem that has been in this city for nearly a century, they weren’t being realistic.

But gains are being made.

Those that disagree had a chance to let their feelings be known. They did. Only not enough of them.

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