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Jackson mayoral candidates debate Jeopardy style

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Democrats businessman Jonathan Lee, and Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba joined Independent candidate Richard "Chip" Williams to compete in a Jeopardy styled debate. Democrats businessman Jonathan Lee, and Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba joined Independent candidate Richard "Chip" Williams to compete in a Jeopardy styled debate.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In less than a week, the two Democratic candidates for Mayor of Jackson will find out who will face an independent challenger for the city's top office.

There was a humorous take on political debate in an event hosted by the Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association at the Old Capitol Inn Tuesday night.

Democrats businessman Jonathan Lee, and Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba joined Independent candidate Richard "Chip" Williams to compete in a Jeopardy styled debate.

Lee came in first followed by Lumumba and Williams.

All agreed that during their administrations' department head would live in the city, there would be no property tax increases and no employee furloughs to pay for infrastructure or other improvements.

Each candidate was asked to describe his leadership style.

"My leadership style is also participative. We've always talked about managing from a team, making sure that people on that team have a core confidence that they can add to the equation. It's of course up to leadership to help implement the vision," said Lee.

"I believe in collective leadership. I believe in that you have to have discussions with people that work with you in order to understand what the challenges are they face in order to give them guidance that they need in order to get better ideas," said Lumumba.

Williams, an attorney and former St. Joseph Catholic School Board president, said, "I have a delegative leadership style generally. And a delegative leadership offers limited or little guidance to group members because I feel that when I bring somebody on or whenever somebody has a job with the city they know what their job is."

WLBT's Rob Jay served as one of the hosts posing questions.

Organizers say while the event was a fund raiser, it also served as a fun and informative way to get insight on the candidates.

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