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Stamps, Tillman won't run for Mayor

During a meeting to urge prayer and focus after losing Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba to natural causes, Councilman DeKeither Stamps and acting Mayor Charles Tillman on Tuesday made their intentions clear.

"I'm not running for Mayor, Mr. Tillman's not running for Mayor. Over the next 45 days we have some big decisions somebody's gonna have to make," Stamps told us.

That admission at City Hall would narrow down the field... if there were a field. As far as Stamps knows, no one has yet filed qualifying papers to run for Mayor. There's two weeks to file, and Stamps tells us he doesn't expect anyone to file before Monday, March 10 out of respect for Mayor Lumumba.

Senator John Horhn ran for Mayor in 2009 and his name has been tossed around as a possible candidate. We asked him if he will run for the post.

"I don't have a decision on that at this point. I don't think it's right for anybody to say this is what my intentions are right now. We need to get through this mourning period for Mayor Lumumba," he says.

Since this is a special election, candidates will have to get 50 signatures on a petition. Qualifying packets will be available for pick-up at City Hall on Wednesday, March 5. 

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