Starting Lineup

Here is the starting lineup for tonight's Shelby County Mayoral Debate:

Representing the Democrats: Interim County Mayor Joe Ford

Representing the Republicans: Sheriff Mark Luttrell

Moderators: WMC-TV Anchors Joe Birch and Ursula Madden

Panelists: Jackson Baker of the Memphis Flyer; Karanja Ajanaku, executive editor of the Tri-State Defender and Jonathan Lindberg, publisher of the Main Street Journal.

Timekeeper at the Bell: Peg Watkins, president of the League of Women Voters


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