WEB EXTRA: Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews – Political Junk from the Political Junkie

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – I’ve missed this. The political scene has been dull and dry the last few weeks, but now it’s back.

And how.

The Shelby County Election Commission has certified the names on this year’s ballot. You’ll recognize a lot of them.

Ed Ford Senior is running to replace his son for city council. There has been at least one Ford on City Council for decades.

In the race for Mayor of Memphis, it’s great to see Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges and Leo AwGoWhat running. It just wouldn’t be the same without them. One thing for certain, neither Mongo nor Leo will have to worry about finding a ballroom big enough for their election night celebration.

City Court Clerk. I have the feeling a lot of people don’t even know what the clerk does.

For years, the clerk was Thomas Long, whose slogan was the same ever four years: “You can’t go wrong with Thomas Long.”

The clerk is in charge of collecting all the traffic fees, all the parking fees, and then turning that money over to the city.

Watch two people in this race. Former Memphis Mayor and City Councilman Myron Lowery and Joe Brown. Not Judge Joe Brown, but Joe Brown the City Councilman.

The Mayor’s race has been a pretty quiet affair, so far. It will not stay that way.

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will make sure of that, already holding a news conference where he said he was against any changes to Tom Lee Park.

Watch how the former Mayor deals with Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer. They both need to appeal to the same voters to have any chance of beating incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland.

Early voting starts in September.

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