Jonathan Lee, 35, has already won against the odds as the leader in the primary election who ousted longtime Mayor Harvey Johnson.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The race to the finish line for Mayor of Jackson involves a candidate many would consider an unlikely choice, but he's now a final contender for the position.
Jonathan Lee, 35, has already won against the odds as the leader in the primary election who ousted longtime Mayor Harvey Johnson. He's eager to bring many changes to the table to solve problems.
"I think all of the answers to our problems can be fond right here in this community," states Lee.
He's a young MBA from Mississippi State. This young fresh face in the race, with little name recognition, broke out into the lead during the Democratic primary election. And those behind him who spanned all ages, races and backgrounds, celebrated.
The two weeks between that victory and Lee's final face off Tuesday in the Democratic runoff for Mayor of Jackson has produced a stronger war chest. While Lee and his supporters could bask in the limelight of politics following the primary victory, the glory was short lived. There was more work to do, a message to send.
"Now we are concerned about Tuesday making sure folks are getting out to vote and they see the message and the difference in platforms," says Lee.
The race for Mayor of Jackson comes at a pivotal time. The concerns are great. Especially crime. If Lee wins, change begins at the top starting with the police chief.
"We've got some issues in terms of moral and rebuilding trust within the community with JPD, and I believe change begins with leadership. I feel good about the idea of bringing in a new police chief and involving the community," confirms Lee.
The race against Lee's primary contender, the more politically experienced City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, has turned tough. Lee was aligned with the white Republican power base, but he vows to bring all races to the table. However, the young man who wants to lead Mississippi's largest city has been asked to explain legal judgements against his business, Mississippi Products.
"These lawsuits stem from a contract issue and we are working through that issue, it is ongoing," Lee explains.
During a crucial moment in Jackson's history, this candidate promises to move Jackson in a new direction, as an agent of change, without looking back. The political newcomer says, "They say you run scared. We are not going to take our foot off the gas. That's why I'm going to spend the majority of this day knocking on doors and making those phone calls. We take nothing for granted."
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