Incumbent Weirich trails Mulroy in district attorney race
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich will be handing the reigns over to her opponent Steve Mulroy.
Despite trailing in the polls Thursday night, Weirich said she wanted wait until the final vote is counted before conceding. But as about a third of Shelby County precincts reported their tallied votes she acknowledged the numbers did not look good.
An emotional room full of district attorney’s office staff, voters and family filled the room at Wieirch’s headquarters in Germantown, election night marking the end of over a decade in office for Weirich.
She was first appointed to serve as district attorney in 2011 by former Gov. Bill Haslam, then elected to the seat in 2012 to serve the remaining of former District Attorney Bill Gibbons’ term.
Weirich was then re-elected to an 8-year term in 2014.
Weirich sent supporters home towards the end of Thursday night saying the numbers aren’t where they want them to be but is thankful for the voters.
“It’s been a great honor to serve not only as a prosecutor but as the district attorney,” said Weirich. “I’ve very proud of the work that we’ve done, legislation that I’ve been a part of getting enacted and the great programs that we have started, again to help people. That’s really what our office does every day. I think oftentimes that’s misunderstood and misconstrued. But we are there to help people, not only victims of crime but often times the offender.”
Weirich says she doesn’t know what’s next but says she will continue to fight for crime victims and serve Shelby County.
Weirich says she has not contacted Democratic challenger Steve Mulroy and doesn’t have plans to.
Mulroy was chipper when addressing his supporters, even dancing on stage as the results showed a commanding lead.
Now that the results are in, as of 2 a.m. Weirich trails Mulroy by more than 16,000 votes.
Mulroy takes home 74,940 votes as opposed to Weirich’s 58,582.
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