On Saturday as she opened up her campaign headquarters on Poplar, Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone declared that she's not afraid of any in the race or might get in the race for mayor of Shelby county. Taking a shot at Shelby County interim mayor Joseph Ford Malone stated"While I'm not from a family whose tradition is politics Im ready and prepared to serve".
Many political candidates where present including Carlton Orange candidate for county registrar, Norma Lester who hopes to replace Malone on the commission,Steve Webster candidate for Circuit Court Clerk,Clay Perry and Danny Kail both candidates for Probate Clerk,Reginald Milton candidate for the county Commission and others. Also present was County Commissioner Sidney Chism,Gale Jones Carson,and even Shelby County political boss Bobby Lanier made an appearance.
Malone hopes to be the democratic nominee for the position on May 4th, and the winner in a contest between herself and Sheriff Mark Luttrell who has also announced that he is running for the county mayor's position. Joseph Ford's getting in the race could complicate her her success because with both her and Ford in the race will split the Black vote and guarantee Luttrell a winner considering that the sheriff will also receive a percentage of the White democrat crossover.
If Ford does not enter the race Malone will be the democratic candidate to face Luttrell in August but the question remains can she raise enough money to mount the massive campaign that republicans will finance to make sure that Luttrell wins. And the broke Shelby County Democratic Party will be no help to her there last report showed the political organization having just a little over $4,000.