The mayoral campaign for Memphis 2015 came at a steady pace, but more of a luke warm speed when voting began. The voting station at the Memphis Botanical Gardens, voters were unenthusiastic, especially with long time Memphis Mayor AC Wharton staying in this position in question.
"I voted for Wharton the last two times and nothing has gotten better," said Rich Williams, 58, a retired veteran. " Something has to change. I voted for Strickland because we need a fresh face."
The intuitive for education has been one of the many bullet points for each candidate running for office. Educators of Memphis, like Helen Peters, 27, private elementary school teacher, were in limbo between Strickland and Williams after hearing the debate Thursday, Sept. 18, 2015.
"I am leaning more on Williams because he said he would seek a citywide referendum to restart the Memphis City school system after the dissolution in 2013," stated Peters. " I haven't been a teacher long so when I hear the horror stories from more seasoned colleagues it really freaks me out. I have young children of my own, and I want the absolute best for them as any parent would."
The millennials were miniscule this year. With only a few at this particular voting station they did have things they wanted to see change like Leslie Berry, 24, from Maryland.
"I moved from Maryland in 2009 and it took me awhile just to find out what district I was in, but I want to see more entertainment for young people," said Berry. Recently, it seems like the only thing I can do is go to the mall or eat. That’s why I'm voting for AC Wharton I want more events and excitement in the city."
The race issue has been prevalent nationwide as well as locally and recently with the passing of the policeman body cams swayed voters tremendously.
"I hope Wharton wins. Making Policeman where body cams at all times was genius. Everything is all about accountability, not about race, stated Phyllis Booger, 52." If it were less about race and more about accountability more issues would be solved.
The bandwagon was pretty full as well for this election with most knowing minimal information on the elections. The "who-you-know" aspect was in full effect.
"I'm voted for Collins," said Peter Jones, 30, local cook. "I just know him through a friend so that was a good enough reason for me."
On voting day, October 8, 2015, there were 100, 526 voters in over 30 different locations varying from Memphis to Germantown. Even though this election was highly anticipated it lacked enthusiasm from most locals.