Willie Herenton is not the only local personality to pull a petition recently for the Memphis mayor's race.
In the last day and a half, eight new people have pulled petitions, including radio host Ben Ferguson, Memphis City Council board member Sharon Webb and former City Councilman E.C. Jones.
So far, a total of 20 prospective candidates have pulled petitions, the paperwork necessary to run for office, including Herenton, city school board commissioner Kenneth Whalum Jr., Ernest Lunati, Thomas Long and Robert "Prince Mongo" Hodges.
While Webb has already made her mayoral aspirations known, both Ferguson and Jones would be surprising candidates if they decide to jump into the race. The filing deadline is Sept. 3 for the Oct. 15 special election.
Ferguson is a conservative political commentator and host of The Ben Ferguson Show.
Jones served on the City Council for 13 years ending in 2007. Earlier today his son, Chris Jones, a former Shelby County Sheriff's deputy, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting a deejay last year at the Windjammer Restaurant and Lounge in East Memphis.