Luttrell fends off challenge from Malone
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will serve another term after fending off a challenge from Deidre Malone.
Luttrell, a former teacher, warden and Shelby County Sheriff, has been mayor since 2010.
He told supporters at his watch party, “I think the results of the positive campaign were shown with the votes that came forward. I view this as our opportunity to ride the crest of goodwill and resolve on the part of our community to try do even more to try and address some of these very acute issues that we have.”
Malone is the founder of the Carter Malone Group and was a Shelby County Commissioner.
She previously ran in the Democratic primary for county mayor in against and lost to Luttrell in 2010 but lost.
She explained, “I really tried to stay focused on the issues, and point out the issues between me, my vision, and what I’d like to do for this county. And what my opponent did in his last four years. I really just tried to paint the difference between the two of us.”
Luttrell received 62 percent, while Malone received 37 percent. Independent Charles Nelson had 1 percent.
Malone said her campaign relied heavily on social media to get her message out, because she and Lutrell could not work out a live debate.
“That’s unfortunate for the voters. We didn’t have an opportunity for a large number of people to see us side-by-side. But we did the best that we could.”