Carol Chumney resigned from her seat in the TN state legislature (House District 89) to devote her attention to the Nov. 13 runoff for the Memphis City Council District 5 seat. She is running against radiologist and businessman George Flinn.

Because she resigned with more than a year left in her term, state law calls for a special election to be held. If she had waited until after the runoff race to resign, less than a year would have remained and the Shelby County Commission would have chosen a replacement to serve until the next scheduled election in November 2004.