Dean Massey pulls petition for Germantown alderman position

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 19, 2020 9:39 PM CT | Published: August 19, 2020 2:18 PM CT

Germantown Position 3 Alderman Dean Massey pulled a petition for another city office Tuesday afternoon, according to the Shelby County Election Commission, raising further questions about his intentions for the Nov. 3 ballot.

Massey pulled for Position 5, the seat currently held by Rocky Janda. The announcement from Massey comes one day before the noon deadline Thursday.

<strong>Dean Massey</strong>

Dean Massey

“Germantown residents want an alderman who will fight to protect the character of our community and fight to preserve the values that attracted so many families to Germantown in the first place,” Massey said in a text message. “That won’t come from any candidate who is aligned with the mayor in my opinion.”

Before this week, there were indications Massey would step aside at the end of his current term

Massey announced months ago he and his wife were selling their home, and according to a contract is pending. The Position 3 incumbent previously announced he would not seek re-election to his current seat on the board, also on the Nov. 3 ballot. Plus, he had not pulled a petition for another office.

Massey began posting pictures from four years ago to his Facebook page this week, raising questions if he would run.

Wednesday morning, one resident hosted a drive-by so residents could sign Massey’s petition. He needs 25 signatures from valid, registered Germantown voters to qualify.

While saying he would not seek re-election to Position 3, Massey did not rule out running for another seat, possibly running against Janda or Position 4 Alderman Forrest Owens. Owens announced Friday he is not seeking another term.

“I simply responded to citizens who requested I be prepared to challenge the incumbent who is aligned with the mayor and is part of a voting block that repeatedly ignores the will of the people and the law itself,” Massey said of his potential challenge to Janda.

Janda pulled a petition for re-election, but has not yet qualified. Brandon Musso has also pulled a petition for Position 5 and not filed. Jon McCreery has qualified for Position 5.

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Efforts to reach Janda were not immediately successful.

This story will be updated.


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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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