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City grieves Mayor Lumumba, with special election looming

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JACKSON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

This week flags are at half staff, and memorials surround Jackson city hall in memory of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Jackson City Council President Charles Tillman has been appointed to acting Mayor. He plans to carry out his legacy, but his term as Mayor could be short.

Thursday the Jackson city council held their first meeting at city hall, since mayor Lumumba's death.

During this grieving period, they are carrying on with city business, with a special election on the horizon.

The next candidates for mayor will have less than 45 days to run their campaigns.

"I think it would be political suicide for anyone to announce their candidacy before we eulogize Mayor Lumumba," said Jackson State Political Science Professor D'Andre Orey.

"I think those candidates who recently ran I think they do have an advantage because one they have resources in terms of signs still left over," said Orey. "They also have the experience, then they have the name recognition. All of those resources are extremely important."

Some candidates could come out of the gate more polished, learning from the mistakes they made the first time around. For some, their agenda's may change, to line up more with Mayor Lumumba's platform.

"I think it would be accomplished on anyone who runs even in their campaign to really build on what Mayor Lumumba has put forth," added Orey. "I think the Jackson electorate and citizens have bought into that and it would be to their advantage to continue that legacy."

The special election date will be determined during a special meeting of the Jackson City Council, Monday.

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