Shelby County Races Heat Up

Four Democrats will face off in the May Democratic primary for Criminal Court Clerk in Shelby County — assistant district attorney general Michael McCusker, Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert, City Court Clerk Thomas Long and the Rev. Ralph White, pastor of Bloomfield Baptist Church. The only Republican running is Richard DeSaussure, the chief administrator of the office under incumbent Kevin Key, who is not seeking re-election. Three weeks remain to file qualifying petitions for the August nonpartisan and judicial races as well as the primaries for state and federal offices. The Memphis Daily News has more on the candidates in the races for state Senate District 31, state House District 91, state House District 96, Circuit Court Division 2 and Probate Court Division 1.