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List of unified school board candidates filled with familiar names

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(WMC-TV) - Last week, Shelby County Commissioners interviewed dozens of unified school board candidates.  Though three commissioners left the meeting in protest, the remaining commissioners whittled a list of 150 candidates to 50.

The short list includes current Memphis and Shelby County School board members, well-known community names and religious leaders.

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Some of the names are familiar:  The candidate list for Districts 1 through 6 includes sitting Shelby County Schools commissioners Snowden Caruthers, David Reaves, Joe Clayton, Diane George, vice chairman Michael Wissman and chairman David Pickler.

Well-known Reverend Ralph White is a newcomer to politics in the run for District 6, Shelby County schools commissioner Ernest Chism is in the running for District 7, and current Memphis City Schools commissioner Stephanie W. Gatewood is on the short list for District 10.  Gatewood was among those who voted to transfer MCS to the county.

Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery's son, Mickell Lowery, is in the running for District 11, while perpetual candidate Coleman Thompson is on the District 13 short list.

Three other members of the Memphis City Schools board of commissioners who voted to merge schools are on the short list: Patrice Robinson for District 14, Martavius Jones for District 18, and Betty Mallot for District 20.

As for District 22, two familiar faces: attorney David Cocke, and University of Memphis scholar Daniel Kiel.

It's unclear if the unified school board will ever meet. One law says the Shelby County Commission is in charge of establishing the unified school board, while says the state of Tennessee has the power.

Next Monday, a judge will hold a hearing to sort out the conflicting laws.

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