MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – Willie Herenton, who spent 17 years as the mayor of Memphis, is once again running for the position in 2019.
Herenton made it official with an announcement on Facebook.
On his website Herenton, the first elected black mayor of Memphis, said he has always been a man of the people, and people have asked him to return to the “ring of public service”.
He points out he is the longest running mayor of Memphis with 17 years in office.
WMC Action News 5 political analyst Michael Nelson said there is no doubt Herenton had a long and illustrious career and will have an important place in Memphis history.
But Nelson said Herenton’s day has come and gone. Many of the younger voters may not even know who he is.
Herenton said his age, 78, is not a hindrance. He addressed it in April.