Shelby County Races Heat Up

Shelby County judges John Campbell and Robert Weiss have opened their re-election campaigns, the Memphis Daily News reports. Campbell, Division 6 Criminal Court judge, is unopposed so far. Weiss, Division 8 Circuit Court judge, has drawn opposition at this point from just one challenger, Venita Martin Andrews. Circuit Court elections are complicated this year by the possibility that the legislature might abolish two of the nine divisions: Divisions 1 and 5. Those seats are attractive to challengers though since Division 1 incumbent John McCarroll has not picked up papers yet and Division 5 incumbent Kay Robilio resigned in September. Martin Andrews pulled petitions for Divisions 1 and 5 on the same day she pulled papers for Division 8. Retired Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey picked up papers for Division 1 and then three days later pulled another petition for Division 3. Candidates with multiple petitions have until April 3 to make a final filing decision.