MEMPHIS, Tenn. — National fame couldn’t push ‘Judge’ Joe Brown past current District Attorney Amy Weirich in the polls.
He only received 36 percent to Weirich’s 64 percent.
Weirich told supporters at her watch party Thursday evening that this election is “the voters telling the candidates and the world of politicians we do vote for hope and not for hate.”
Brown, who no longer has his syndicated judge television show, kicked off his campaign by getting arrested at juvenile court and followed that with personal attacks against Weirich.
For her part, Weirich kept a fairly low profile and ignored Brown for most of the campaign.
Weirich, who has been a prosecutor for more than 20 years, was appointed District Attorney in January of 2011 and was elected in August 2012.
In response to her opponent’s personal attacks and the race being over, Weirich said, “We ran on our record. We ran on the work that I do as district attorney. Thank goodness the voters heard that message and sent the message to the politicians that we want quality candidates. We want people that are best suited for the job. We want hope over hate and inclusion over division.”
As for what she wants to do during her next term, she said, “You continue the great work we’ve been doing with the multi-agency gang unit. The gang injunction that’s worked so effectively in the Riverside area. We need to take that method and use it in other parts of the city that need it. Also, get back to and continue the work at the family safety center. It is our one stop service provider for victims of domestic violence.”