A.C. Wharton is the former mayor of Memphis, Tennessee. He was first elected in 2009 in a special election to replace former mayor Willie Wilbert Herenton, who vacated the office in order to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Wharton won election to a full term in 2011. He lost his re-election bid in 2015 to Jim Strickland. Before becoming Mayor of Memphis, he was the Mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee from 2003-2009.