Shelby county includes Memphis and is the states largest county….
The area is 52.1 Black, 40.6, 5.6% Hispanic/Latino , 2.3% Asian and 4.7% others….Wiki...
Y’all, Tennessee is making waves—blue waves. In a Shelby County election, Tennessee Democrats absolutely trounced their Republican opponents, winning 21 of 26 county offices up for grabs. From the Commercial Appeal:
Of the 26 county offices up for grabs, Democrats won all but five — and those were previously Republican commission seats. Before the election, Republicans held nine of the 10 most high-profile county offices, including mayor and sheriff. Now, they hold zero.
How to describe the devastation of last night’s win for Republicans? It was a rout. A sweep. A wave that overwhelmed Republicans who had largely controlled the county — not counting the commission, which had a scant Democratic majority — since 2008.
Emphasis added because holy smokes!
Let’s do a quick rundown of some of the notable victories. Meet Lee Harris, the new mayor of Shelby County. A former state senator in Tennessee, Harris’s victory was decisive:
With 153,583 ballots counted as of 11:03 p.m., Harris had 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 black sheriff in Shelby County history!
More on the Shelby County victories from the Commercial Appeal: