Results are in for Shelby County’s primary election

Published: May. 3, 2022 at 7:28 PM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2022 at 5:59 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich will face constitutional law professor Steve Mulroy in the race for county district attorney in August.

Mulroy won the Democratic primary Tuesday night facing two opponents in that race.

This Democratic primary for Shelby County District Attorney General was one of the most-watched races of the evening.

Now, this match-up between Weirich and Mulroy is poised to be just as contested during August’s General Election.

Mulroy beat attorneys Janika White and Linda Harris with more than 45% of the vote, getting more than 22,000 votes. Weirich ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Mulroy says he wants to reform the local criminal justice system.

“We’ve also got real problems with racial discriminatory outcomes in a criminal justice system. Prosecutorial misconduct,” said Mulroy. “Thanks to that road public confidence in the fair and in the fairness of our systems. If we can restore that public confidence with things like reforming our bail system, reforming juvenile court, creat a conviction review unit, then we will be able to get people to cooperate more with law enforcement and in the curve all violent crime.”

“Not only has lied about my record, lied about the work of the district attorney’s office, but more importantly lied to the citizens of Shelby County about what his true agenda is,” said Weirich. “An agenda that includes advocating for defunding the police and advocating for the release of prisoners and inmates.”

The general election is on Aug. 2.

Another closely watched race this primary election is for Shelby County mayor.

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris faced Ken Moody, special assistance to Mayor Jim Strickland, in the Democratic primary for county mayor. Harris won with 70% of the vote in the primary.

He will face Memphis City Councilman Worth Morgan in the general election. Morgan ran unopposed in the Republican primary last night.

Here’s what Harris said after his win.

“Prioritizing health care access making sure that more folks in Memphis and Shelby County have a primary health provider and a relationship with a primary care provider we think we can do a lot about some of the worst conditions in Memphis and Shelby County if we were to make sure that access was more widespread, and at the same time we’re working on job but not just jobs as a bumper sticker jobs with respect to those that have a criminal history,” he said.

Harris was elected to his position in 2018.

The voting also included County Commissioner spots and Sheriff Floyd Bonner, who’s running unopposed in the Democratic Primary and will win.

Click here to see the latest results as they come in.

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