Two seats on the town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen remain open after the Nov. 3 election and Collierville is preparing for a runoff.
The Town Charter requires the runoff election since none of the candidates running for Pos. 3 and Pos. 4 Aldermen earned 50 percent of the votes.
The Pos. 3 race will see incumbent John Worley, who received 45 percent of the votes, go against Harold Booker (43 percent).
Worley got 10,907 votes in the municipal election, with Booker trailing by 651 votes. Thomas Swan also ran in the race for Pos. 3 and garnered 2,825 votes.
With six challengers, the race for Pos. 4 Alderman was the most crowded of all the municipal elections in Shelby County.
The top two candidates were Missy Marshall, who received 31 percent of the votes, and William Boone (27 percent).
Marshall’s votes were tallied at 7,589, while Boone secured 6,520 votes. The next closest candidate was Rick Rout with 4,060 votes.
A builder by trade, Pos. 3 incumbent Worley recently said that public safety is the biggest concern facing the community.
“All our citizens want to be and feel safe. The citizens want our police and fire departments to be fully staffed and with appropriate equipment.”
Retired from the U.S. Army, Booker said he is qualified because of his ability to “weigh the facts, examine the data and have those important discussions with our city’s leadership team on the issues that affect the lives, property and the well-being of the citizens of Collierville.”
Marshall, the executive director for Keep Tennessee Beautiful, said “growing and developing future leaders is something I see as a major concern facing our community.”
“The downfall of countries, nations, states and local communities is a result of the lack of strong and quality leadership.”
A medical specialist AEMT for a private ambulance service, Boone noted that “handling growth in a responsible way” was key to Collierville’s future.
He also cited that the town should “keep the taxes at a reasonable price for people on a fixed income.”
The Town of Collierville will have a runoff election for two Aldermen positions. There will be 12 days of early voting leading up to Election Day on Dec. 8. Collierville residents may vote early at Collierville Church of Christ, 575 Shelton Drive. The polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 18-21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 23-25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 28 and from 4-7 p.m. on Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.
Tour Collierville and Leadership Collierville hosted an Aldermen debate on Tuesday for the candidates in the runoff election which can be seen at facebook.com/tourcollierville.