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Lumumba claims runoff spot in race for Jackson mayor

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Councilman Chokwe Lumumba is claiming a runoff spot in the race for mayor. Councilman Chokwe Lumumba is claiming a runoff spot in the race for mayor.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Councilman Chokwe Lumumba is claiming a runoff spot in the race for mayor.

He entered his campaign celebration at the Clarion Hotel Tuesday night to the chants of "The people must decide."

As of 9 p.m. when addressing supporters, Lumumba was in second place, trailing businessman Jonathon Lee.

Lumumba had 24% of the vote to Lee's 34%.

The Ward Two representative told the group of more than 50 that he wasn't given $300,000 to run a campaign but reached this point because of grass roots efforts. He dispels claims that he is too radical or militant to lead the Capital City and said he will work to represent all races in the city.

The 65-year-old said he is of mixed race with an Irish grandfather and Cherokee and African American ancestry.

"All the work I've ever done has included black and white. This nonsense about I can't talk to other people across racial lines. Well it depends on what you're trying to talk about, and some people are scared to talk honesty with people across racial lines," said Lumumba.

The Jackson attorney and one term council member asked the crowd to help build supporters in preparation for the next contest in two weeks.

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