Memphis voters elect first white mayor since 1991

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Incumbent A C Wharton Jr. has conceded defeat in Memphis’ mayoral election.

Wharton’s loss Thursday means City Council member Jim Strickland becomes the first white mayor in this majority-black city in nearly a quarter-century.

Wharton’s concession at a campaign event came before complete results for the nonpartisan election were posted. Election officials reported a technical glitch in disseminating results to the public. Totals that had been reported Thursday night showed Strickland with a lead.

Strickland couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Wharton was first elected as the city’s mayor in 2009. He had sought another chance to work on repairing problems such as crime, poverty, blight and the city’s troubled financial situation.