Stamps wins reelection in Collierville; runoffs to decide two alderman seats

One school board race is contested on the Collierville ballot

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 04, 2020 12:52 AM CT | Published: November 03, 2020 2:56 PM CT

Collierville alderman John Stamps won reelection over challenger Greg Frazier, but the top finishers in Position 3 and Position 4 will head to a runoff on Dec. 8 to decide those races.

Stamps captured 53% of the early voting and carried that percentage the rest of the night in his reelection bid against Frazier.

But fellow incumbent Alderman John Worley wasn’t as lucky. He held a narrow lead over Harold Booker in the race for Collierville Position 3.

Worley captured 45% of votes, compared to 43% for Booker, according to unofficial Shelby County Election Commission returns. The two will face each other in a runoff set for next month.

“Anytime you have three people in a race, there’s potential for a runoff,” Worley said as the final results rolled in. “We will start working first thing tomorrow.”

Booker said “the people have spoken.”

“I’m still going to go out there full force,” he said. “I’m going to get back out there and heavily engage with the people of Collierville and express to them that I am the right man for the job.”

In Position 4, Missy Marshall and William Boone are headed to a runoff.

“People in Collierville got to get out and vote for a true candidate, and that’s me,” Boone said of the runoff. “If they want change and the diversity they say they want and want a different outlook on things, they need to go out and vote for the true candidate. I’m the true candidate.”

He said he needed votes from all religions and political affiliations to win in December.

Marshall had 31% of votes to lead Boone’s 27%. With the number of candidates in seeking the office vacated by the death of the late Tom Allen, a runoff was always anticipated in that race also between the top two finishers. 

Rick Rout ran third with 17% of the votes.

On the school board race Paul Childers had 42% of the votes and nearly doubled other candidates running for the open seat. Unlike the races for the town board, the school board positions do not require a runoff if the first-place finisher doesn’t capture 50% of the vote.

While some Collierville voters cast their ballots early, others still took advantage of pleasant autumn weather to vote on Election Day in eastern Shelby County.

The large majority of voters who took advantage of early voting led to a slower turnout at the polls the first half of Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Mayor Stan Joyner ran unopposed for his fourth term.

<strong>John Worley</strong>

John Worley

<strong>Harold Booker</strong>

Harold Booker

In Position 3, Worley is seeking his third term, but Booker, a U.S. Army veteran, pushed him to a runoff. Information technology specialist Thomas Swan was the third candidate in the race.

<strong>Thomas Swan</strong>

Thomas Swan

Worley spent some of the day at Collierville Elementary. His 6-year-old granddaughter, Kylie, was happy to join him, holding a sign and handing flyers to voters as they passed.

“There’s been a lot of people,” she said.

Worley, though, noted the turnout was slower than previous years. “I feel real good,” he said about his campaign.

Swan was also there. Booker spent time at Sycamore Elementary. Although, it was busy in the morning, he said it was slower in the afternoon.

<strong>John Stamps</strong>

John Stamps

<strong>Gregory Frazier</strong>

Gregory Frazier

Six sought the remaining two years in the Position 4 term, previously held by Allen, who died this summer. The number of candidate almost guaranteed a runoff.

Early voting for the runoff will likely take place Nov. 18-21, but those dates cannot be set until Shelby County Election Commission certifies the results.

On the school board, chairman and Position 3 incumbent Mark Hansen decided not to seek reelection. Current Collierville Schools parents Childers, Rachelle Maier and Kristina White campaigned for the seat, along with Madan Birla, a former FedEx director.


Wright Cox looks toward next term, future of Collierville Schools


Wanda Gibbs ran unopposed for Position 1 and Wright Cox did not have an opponent as he sought reelection for Position 5.

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Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and a graduate of the University of Memphis. She has worked for several local publications and covers the suburbs for The Daily Memphian.


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