The Tennessee Equality Project Political Action Committee (TEP PAC) has made nine endorsements in upcoming elections in Memphis.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal recently profiled TEP's Shelby County Committee and its candidate outreach.

Eight of those are in Memphis City Council races and the organization has endorsed Herman Morris for Memphis City Mayor.

"The candidates we have endorsed are equality advocates who will support fair laws for Memphis," said Jonathan Cole, co-chair of the TEP PAC Shelby County Committee. "We realize that TEP PAC’s endorsement of Morris for Mayor will be considered controversial by some in light of others who support him. As the only candidate willing to go on record in support of equality for all citizens of Memphis, we applaud Morris’s leadership."

Endorsements in the City Council Race are:District 1-  Bill Morrison - www.votebillmorrison.com
"We also recognize Jesse Jeff and Riesel Sandridge for their commitment to equality," Cole said.

District 2 - No endorsement
"We recognize Daniel Price for affirming his commitment to equality," Cole said.

District 3 - No endorsement
"We recognize Albert Banks, III and Harold Collins for their commitment to equality," Cole said.

District 4 - Wanda Halbert wmhalbert@yahoo.com

District 5 - Jim Strickland www.votejimstrickland.comm
"We acknowledge Denise Parkinson, Richard Parks and Bob Schreiber for their support of fairness and equality," Cole said.

District 6 - No Endorsement.
"We recognize Perry Bond, Charles Etta Chavez, Philmore Epps, Jr., and Ed Vaughn for their commitment to equality," Cole said.

District 7 - Veronica Castillo - www.campaignwindow.com/electveronicacastillo

Superdistrict 8, Pos 1 - No Endorsement.
"We acknowledge Tiffany Lowe and Ian Randolph for their support of fairness and equality," Cole said.

Superdistrict 8, Pos 2 - Janis Fullilove (janisfullilove@comcast.net)
"We recognize George Monger, David Vinciarelli, and Williams for their commitment to equality," Cole said.

Superdistrict 8, Pos 3 - Myron Lowery
"We recognize Toni Strong for affirming her commitment to equality," Cole said.

Superdistrict 9, Pos 2 - Shea Flinn - www.sheaflinn.com
"We recognize Frank Langston for affirming his commitment to equality," Cole said.

Superdistrict 9, Pos 3
Two endorsements
Desi Franklin (desifranklinforcouncil@gmail.com)
Mary Wilder -  www.votemarywilder.com 

Early voting begins on Friday, September 14th and ends on Saturday, September 29th. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7p.m. on October 4th (Election Day). For detailed election schedules and voting locations visit the Shelby County Election Commission’s website at www.shelbyvote.com.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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