MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, the city's first elected black mayor, goes for a fifth consecutive four-year term today.
Herenton's strongest challenges are expected to come from City Council member Carol Chumney and Herman Morris, former president of Memphis Light, Gas & Water, the city's publicly owned utility company.
Chumney is a former state representative and an attorney.
Herenton took over City Hall in 1991 by beating a popular incumbent by 142 votes in the closest mayor's race in Memphis history. Since then he has easily won re-election in the nonpartisan races.
Polls show the race a statistical dead heat.