The campaign has begun

As if Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton did not already have enough built-in advantages in making a run in the special election for mayor of Memphis, his established campaign infrastructure means a huge head start over other candidates and potential candidates.

While many are contemplating running, Wharton had supporters hitting various intersections in Memphis passing out "A C" paraphernalia. Wharton's Web site is already up with links such as Issues, News, Priorities, Still Working and offers his vision for why he wants to be the city's mayor.

Although former City Council member Carol Chumney has been actively campaigning, a Web search for her name does not immediately include a campaign Web site. The only other declared candidate at this point is Myron Lowery, the City Council chair who will become mayor on July 10 after Willie Herenton's resignation, and he does not yet have a mayoral campaign infrastructure established.

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