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MEMPHIS, TN â€" Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has announced that he will retire to work with his son and pursue his bid for Congress.Mayor Herenton made the announcement that he will leave office on July 10, 2009, during a news conference, Thursday morning, June 25.He says he will immediately join his son, Rodney, at Herenton Capitol Management, but will spend much of his time concentrating on his 2010 race for Congress.

Herenton filed his Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on June 11th, officially starting his bid for the United States House of Representatives Ninth District Seat.

Representative Steve Cohen from Memphis currently holds that seat.In October of 1991 Willie Herenton became the first elected African-American mayor of Memphis, beating Dick Hackett by 142 votes.

Herenton went on to win four more terms and has been mayor for the last 18 years.The chairman of the Memphis City Council, Myron Lowery, will take over as mayor pro-tem and will hold that position until a special election is held.

That election must be held within 90 days.Lowery announced during the news conference that he will be a candidate for Memphis Mayor.Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton told that he plans to run in the special election.

He says if he is elected, consolidation of city and county governments is still on the table.Stay with for the very latest on this developing story.
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