The Memphis City Council voted 7-6 to declare a July 30 vacancy in the Memphis mayor Willie Herenton's office on July 30 as seen in this video but that hasn't stopped Willie Herenton who first made the announcement of his resignation.
According to the Commerical Appeal (CA), a special election will be held, likely in mid-October, to replace Mayor Willie Herenton, who sent letters to longtime supporters of his plans to retire as well as made multiple comments to media outlets confirming his intention to retire along with a farewell party on that date.
Willie W. Herenton aka Dr. Herenton, a proud graduate of Le Moyne-Owen College in South Memphis, and of the University of Memphis was the first mayor elected to five terms in Memphis when he was elected Mayor of Memphis again for this now last term. Though his resignation letter was shocking, it wasn't the first time -- back in 2008, Herenton announced that he would be stepping down as mayor also, not long after his re-election.
Reportedly, this time, Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton is supposedly retiring to join his son in a private investment business and to run for the 9th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Steve Cohen.
Though the council has voted, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has not yet finished his retirement paperwork and, according to CA, said this morning that his critics on the City Council and Shelby County Election Commission - who he feels are trying to push him out of office - are "perverted."
"I've never seen this type of insanity," said Herenton. "It's a perversion. It's perverted behavior. It's racism. It's small time thinking. It's all of that."
Guess the mayor was just quote "Keeping it Real," as that's reportedly what is the new slogan of Herenton's campaign.
"We're keeping it real... Keeping it real is the campaign theme," stated Herenton, who reportedly is worried about the large number of candidates emerging to replace him as citizens have told him they are worried as well.