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Jackson Mayoral Special Election Set for April 8

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 04 Mar 2014 09:55am | comments

Voters in the Capital City will head to the polls to elect a new mayor April 8th.  First time  Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died last week in a Jackson Hospital. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports.

During a meeting of the Jackson City Council yesterday, members unanimously voted on the criteria regarding the upcoming municipal special election. Acting President, Ward 2 Councilman, Melvin Priester Jr. highlights key dates.

"So we have set the election for Tuesday April 8th. The voter registration deadline is going to be this Saturday March 8th. The qualifying deadline for candidates is March 19th. Absentee voting will began in person March 29th through April 5th. And if there is a runoff election necessary that will be on April 22nd."

Ward 1 City Councilman, Quentin Whitwell says whoever is elected to serve as the next leader of the states capital city, they must be prepared to accept a significant undertaking.

"We have initiated some tremendously heavy projects that the mayor wanted to see done and accomplished. And now in order to get those accomplished we need to have the proper business savvy and we need to be very dedicated to making sure that the money is spent in the right places and that the right people are in charge of these projects."

Also at yesterdays council meeting, members adopted a resolution declaring 7 days of community prayer for the city of Jackson. The resolution was initiated by Ward 4 Councilman De'Keither Stamps.

"And we're asking people to get focused on one thing. Lets pray for direction and discernment because we're gonna make some tough decisions about the leadership of our city of Jackson and the foundation of our future. And I'm trying to bring as much unity as we can."

The Secretary of States office says voter ID will not be required for this special election. Mayor Lumumba's body will lie in state from 11a.m. to 3:30pm Friday at City Hall. A funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m.Saturday at the Jackson Convention Center. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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