cover letter samples for graduate jobs
office junior cover letter no experience
creative writing for journeys
how to write application letter for college
electronic cover letter salutation
case study examples information technology
buy e stamp paper online delhi
research report indesign template
cover letter samples youth worker
critical thinking conceptual clarification and its importance in science education
essay on internet in hindi wikipedia
essay writing school picnic
writing report card comments for esl students
buy cheap paper flowers
leave application letter for going native place
short essay on summer vacation for kids in hindi
essays in marathi for school level
literature review for knowledge management
quotes in a research paper mla format
application letter for government position philippines
application letter in the philippines government
business plan pro 11.0 premier edition free download
essay 200 words sample
literature review 4ps
literature review on domestic violence against children
sample personal statement for undergraduate university admission
sample personal statement for graduate school in accounting
narrative essay experience is the best teacher
scdl assignments for sales and distribution management
cover letter sample marketing manager
writing research papers a complete guide 14th edition download
cover letter hospitality staff
cover letter for resume waiter
essay for 8th class
my best friend essay for class 10
application letter bahasa indonesia
essay scholarship mara
themed writing paper for kids
school violence research paper thesis
assignments help india
literature review smart grid cyber security
a case study in cell structure and function
cover letter biology postdoc application
online essays in hindi language
counseling psychology admission essay
argumentative essay topics college students easy
cover letter customer support engineer
research paper topics ballet
letter to college director format
essay on my best friend in hindi
descriptive essay my best friend
request letter format to bank for loan
creative writing prompts personal narrative
bank teller resume cover letter template
creative writing exercises junior high
help me find out essays in marathi
assignment help india
beauty of nature essay in hindi
english essay form 5
essay writing format ielts
essay writing course online
cover letter for goldman sachs associate
muet writing essay example question 2
uc berkeley essay prompt 2013
creative writing examples year 11
phd letter of application sample
cover letter car dealership receptionist
freelance academic writing jobs in pakistan
job application letter format for mechanical engineers
case study 12-2 the brain behind the big bad burger
critical thinking logic propaganda
software engineering case study library management system
cover letter for zara
write a letter of reference for yourself
best buy canada cover letter
writing a good personal statement job application
kaplan critical thinking test
admission letter university sample
long essay about myself
sample personal statement for transitional year residency
essay writing form 2
valparaiso university personal statement
isb essays 2013 pagalguy
university of chicago essays that worked
english literature example essays gcse
customer service essay introduction
good essay topics hunger games
chemistry extended essay topic ideas
how to write an ap language analysis essay
fsu creative writing club
case study child labour in pakistan
where to buy paperself eyelashes
service learning reflection paper sample
application letter for address change in bank
zara case study procurement and outsourcing strategies
case studies people narcissistic personality disorder
cover letter for undergraduate nursing student
case study house pierre koenig
bank teller supervisor cover letter sample
competency dictionary critical thinking
thesis statement research paper sample
essay on my family doctor
reflective essay leadership nursing
case study 3 1 the demand for big macs
peace corps admission essay 1
research papers on domestic violence against women in india
buy college essay papers
definition essay transition words
air pollution essay kids
sample application letter for volunteer nurse in the philippines
research paper on nature vs nurture
critical thinking for college students by jon stratton
thesis proposal in the area of computational sciences
essay 300 words free
essay titles for lady macbeth
500 words essay on lokpal bill
essay on true love never dies
a critical thinking disposition scale for nurses short form
margins personal statement law school
free sat essay examples
art history research paper thesis example
where to buy scrapbook paper online
literature review example short
how to write a narrative speech about yourself
persuasive essay topics for high school students
essay voyage michael clay thompson
how to write an essay about myself pdf
cover letter for sales assistant yahoo
academic essay title generator
case study situational leadership model
buy cheap tissue paper online
cover letter sample veterinarian
cover letter after long unemployment
creative writing four genres in brief download
graphic design trainee cover letter
narrative essay moving to america
entry level nursing cover letter sample
essay titles for vietnam war
literature review for journal article
cover letter for internship logistics
how to write a biology lab report results
how to write a psychological case study analysis
components of literature review
custom photo paper placemats
buy paper ee savings bonds
i hate writing essays about myself
uksca case study presentation
pharmacy transfer personal statement
personal statements for medical school applications
music essay jyj review
case study chad evermore
writing prompts for high school students expository
how long should personal statement for law school be
personal statement online dating
freelance academic writers wanted
analytical essay intro example
how to write an essay introduction paragraph example
cover letter examples zookeeper
mla citation song of myself
letter of intent employment sample
critical thinking in psychology ruscio pdf
lined essay paper printable
content writing services australia
kitchen design cover letter sample
critical thinking in psychology by john ruscio
reflective essay examples nursing
what to write for college essay common application
book report for when you reach me
college scholarship essay format examples
sample application letter for high school admission
do you write lab reports in past tense
do you write a lab report in present or past tense
annotated bibliography servant leadership
essay on my family in english
annotated bibliography apa nursing
essay on time travel to the past
case study using narrative therapy
teaching critical amp analytical thinking in high school biology
annotated bibliography worksheet high school
sample of annotated bibliography apa style 6th edition
is the case study daybed comfortable
mfa graphic design thesis proposal
good english essays spm
top english essay spm
application letter for fresh graduate commerce
definition of literature review by different authors
good math research paper topics
research paper topics for nursing students
someone to do my spanish homework
good argumentative essay topics for college
university of toronto writing centre literature review
cover letter future job openings
cover letter for entry level database administrator
abnormal psychology research paper rubric
report writing for correctional officers
argumentative essay laminated reference guide
cover letter for lead generation
case study of jeffrey dahmer
social work personal statement conclusion
free compare and contrast essay for college

Minerva Johnican and Political Influence

 

Follow this chain of events.

Harold Ford Sr. is running for his fourth term in Congress and he faces opposition in the 1980 Democratic primary from another black elected official – Shelby County Commission Minerva Johnican.

Ford wins but does not forget and returns the favor when Johnican runs for re-election in 1982. Ford backs Julian Bolton who beats Johnican.

Johnican returns the favor two years later by backing a Republican, Karen Williams, in Williams’ challenge of Democratic state Representative John Spence, who is backed by Ford. Williams beats Spence.

Politics can be a set of chains similar to this. And if you look closely enough you can have a pretty impressive chain even if some of the links become a bit thin.

Johnican’s decision to challenge Ford at the height of his political powers may have had its origins in John Ford’s 1978 County Mayor gambit. He and the family political organization talked a number of probable contenders for county mayor in the 1978 county general election out of making the race in the name of a consensus black candidate – John Ford. Then Ford himself dropped out of the race.

On the other end of the chain, Johnican ran for and was elected to the Memphis City Council in 1983 and then satisfied her desire to make a race for mayor by running unsuccessfully for Memphis Mayor in 1987.

The bid for Memphis Mayor was another milestone in local politics which has included few women as mayoral contenders – city or county mayor. Their ranks include Pat VanderSchaaf and Wanda Halbert as well as Deidre Malone and Carolyn Gates.

Johnican, who died last week at the age of 74, will be remembered at a Saturday funeral service.

Johnican, like another departed political icon we’ve talked about recently on this blog – Otis Higgs – certainly didn’t win every political skirmish or battle over the years and she probably didn’t make it as far in elected office as her ambitions dictated.

But that is not always the mark of political success and more importantly political influence.

I’m not talking about the kind of political influence referenced in decisions made by legislative bodies as well as state and federal court indictments. This is influence on the culture of politics – the atmosphere that a citizen jumps into when he or she makes a decision to run for elected office or support someone else running for office beyond voting for them.

That kind of influence is almost always a mixed bag. A candidate who loses more bids for office than they win can influence the way candidates to come conduct themselves and their strategies. A candidate who wins can nevertheless be a cautionary influence of what not to do.

And some candidates define the times only to be left behind when the times change.

The vote totals aren’t what matters the most because the outcome is only the beginning for those who win. Then comes the very different job of governing.

That job begins about where the Robert Redford character in the movie “The Candidate” utters the final line of the movie – “What do we do now?”

Because most political lives involve both winning and losing, the influence of most political figures with any history is a study in how they acted when times were good and how they acted when times were bad and how much responsibility they really own for the good times and the bad times.

Johnican’s political involvement remained even when she was out of the public eye and public office.

Her name turned up regularly on the campaign finance reports of various candidates who hired a group of campaign poll workers she supervised over the years.

Johnican was also a bit of a prankster. The deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions at the Shelby County Election Commission used to be an event that drew large numbers of the hopeful, the desperate and the cautious to Election Commission headquarters at 157 Poplar Avenue.

Candidates could check out qualifying petitions without having to specify what office the petition was for. They would fill in that minor piece of information, especially if it was a citywide or countywide office, sometimes after they had collected the necessary 25 signatures.

In this particular election year, Bolton was the target of the prank as he was watching the clock and contemplating no or minimal opposition. Johnican borrowed someone else’s petition and made sure Bolton saw her as she raced around to get signatures. When someone asked what she was running for, she said County Commission loudly enough that he heard and then she started laughing and put a merciful end to the prank.

The last sound truck I ever saw used in a campaign was during Johnican’s 1987 run for mayor. I’m sure there are still some freelance sound trucks out there operated by political independents.

But Johnican’s came with a schedule and a jingle written especially for the campaign and it showed up as rival candidate Bill Gibbons was campaigning door to door in Lamar Terrace.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Wintermute says:

    I wrote the radio ads for Harold in that campaign.

Dansette

google