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The City of Jackson is Moving Forward to Elect a New Mayor

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 10 Mar 2014 01:26am | comments

Candidates looking to become the next mayor of Jackson have just over a week to qualify. Funeral services for first term mayor Chokwe Lumumba were held this past weekend. And as MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports city leaders say they are already trying to move forward.

A special election is set for April 8 to find a replacement for Chokwe Lumumba, late Mayor of Mississippi's capitol city,

During his 7 months in office Lumumba was instrumental in getting a 1 percent sales tax to improve the city's infrastructure. Ward 4 Councilman De'Keither Stamps says that sales tax is part of the late mayors lasting legacy.

"Because for so long our problem has been resources. Now we do have some resources to build on and how we use it is going to be vital for our future. So that's the type of leader we need. We need someone who can step in and lead from day one literally. Because at this point and time you’re going to have to fit in."

Those same sentiments are echoed by long time council member Margaret Barrett Simon of Ward 7.

"Well I think a leader with experience who can just take the city and do what needs to be done. We don't have a moment to lose."

Authorities say they are expecting a long list of mayoral candidates seeking to replace Lumumba, including some who ran last term. The last day to qualify is March 19th. The Secretary of State’s office says voter ID will not be required for this special election. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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