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Wednesday, February 18, 1998

Sheriff gets rival in GOP primary as filings for Shelby County Offices roll in

The Commercial Appeal, February 18, 1998
Author: Kriste Goad

Petitions for local elected offices continue to flow into the Shelby County Election Commission as Thursday's noon filing deadline nears.

Novella Smith Arnold filed Tuesday as a Republican candidate for sheriff, pitting herself against GOP incumbent A. C. Gilless. The winner of that primary will face either Melvin Burgess or Clyde Venson, the two declared Democratic candidates in the race, and Floyd Allen Jr., an independent.

Arnold has been an advocate for the homeless and the imprisoned homeless for more than 20 years.

Other contested races include the County Commission District 1 Position 1 seat being vacated by Pete Sisson.

Republicans Marilyn Loeffel, Paul Stanley and Scott McCormick will face each other in the primary. McCormick, the latest candidate to file for the office, is president of the Cordova Republican Organization. He also serves on the Primary Board of the Shelby County Republican Party and is president of American Quick Print.

Independents Henry L. Brenner and Charles Burch also filed for the seat.

Rev. Ralph White, pastor of Bloomfield Baptist Church, filed a petition Tuesday as a Democratic candidate for Criminal Court clerk. He is the only challenger so far to incumbent Bill Key, a Republican.

Barbecue connoisseur John Willingham will go against incumbent Morris Fair for the Republican nomination for the County Commission District 1 Position 3 seat. County Register Guy Bates, who is running for a 10th term, faces opposition from fellow Republicans Layne Provine and Tom Watson.

Shelby County Mayor Jim Rout has token opposition from Ernest Lunati, who filed as a Republican, and Robert `Prince Mongo' Hodges, who filed as an independent.

A total of 23 county offices are up for election in the Democratic and Republican primaries May 5. The county general election is Aug. 6.

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Edition: Final; Section: Metro; Page: B2
Copyright (c) 1998 The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

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