In a recent Shelby County election, Tennessee Democrats were victorious over their Republican opponents, winning 21 of 26 county offices.
Of the 26 county offices on the ballot, Democrats won all but five — and those were previously Republican commission seats. Before the election, Republicans held nine of the ten most high-profile county offices, including mayor and sheriff.
Lee Harris pictured below is the new mayor of Shelby County. A former state senator in Tennessee, the early results of 153,583 ballots counted show Harris with 84,956 votes, or 55.3 percent, to Republican David Lenoir's 68,491 votes, or 44.6 percent, according to unofficial results from the Shelby County Election Commission.
In another high profile race, Democrat Floyd Bonner sailed to victory to become the first African American sheriff in Shelby County history.
On the commission, Democrat Michael Whaley narrowly beat Republican Richard Morton for a seat that belonged to term-limited Republican Heidi Shafer. That will give the Democratic commissioners eight votes, paving the way for Lee's initiatives.
Other results include: Down ballot, Democrat Bill Morrison beat Republican Chris Thomas for Probate Court clerk. Democrat Janis Fullilove narrowly beat Republican Bobby Simmons. Democrat Melvin Burgess beat Robert "Chip" Trouy for property assessor. Democrat Regina Newman beat Republican George Chism for trustee. Democrat Temiika D. Gipson beat Republican Tom Leatherwood for Circuit Court clerk. Democrat Heidi Kuhn beat Republican Richard DeSaussure for Criminal Court clerk. Wanda Halbert beat Donna Creson for County Court clerk.
History is in the making if Democrats can do the work, get out the vote, support candidates up and down the ballot in November.
Article excerpts from KosMedia
Photos credits: AFP/Getty images; Lee Harris Facebook page