Mayoral Debate - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

7 Jackson mayoral candidates debate the issues

Posted: Updated:
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Seven of the Thirteen candidates for Jackson Mayor answered questions before a live audience for two hours during the Jackson Chamber of Commerce sponsored debate at Jackson State Thursday.

The event was aired live on WLBT, and streamed to the Internet on msnewsnow.com.

Jackson City Council Member Margaret Barrett Simon told the crowd, "I don't have a hidden agenda beyond the good of Jackson," said city council member Margaret Barrett Simon. "I'm not in it for glamour or power. I only want to serve your as Mayor."

"I am running for Mayor because I've demonstrated skills and the ability to make sure that our city continues to move forward," said former Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson. "I'm a public servant who has dedicated four decades."

Some are running on experience, others to carry on, where others left off.  Chokwe Antar Lumumba Jr. hopes to carry his fathers vision for Jackson forward.

"The only thing that I am inexperienced in is being a politician and that was the same for Mayor Lumumba. We understood that leadership comes not from political ambition and more from necessity,"said Lumumba.

Everything from repairing the aging infrastructure to solutions to reducing crime were discussed. Everyone has their own vision on how to better the capitol city.

"We do this by reducing crime, we do this by insuring that we have a world class education system and this helps to stabilize our economy and makes Jackson the place everyone wants to live," said city councilman Tony Yarber.

"What we've lacked is leadership that's focused on technology, leadership that's focused on making sure we get every last bit of worth from all of our employees," said councilman Melvin Priester.

"We will clean up this city," added Jackson attorney Regina Quinn. "We will fix what is broken. we will plan effectively and efficiently for this city."

For the most part, the candidates remained civilized, no personal attacks were made in the two hours they were on stage. The evening ended with everyone shaking hands.

Copyright 2014 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • Mayoral DebateMore>>

  • Lumumba narrowly wins debate poll

    Lumumba narrowly wins debate poll

    Thursday, March 27 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-03-28 02:45:38 GMT
    Thursday night, we ask viewers to vote for the winner in our Jackson Mayoral Debate. Voting lasted 90 minutes, and Chokwe A. Lumumba and Tony Yarber were neck-and-neck all evening. When the voting endedMore >>
    Thursday night, we ask viewers to vote for the winner in our Jackson Mayoral Debate. Voting lasted 90 minutes, and Chokwe A. Lumumba and Tony Yarber were neck-and-neck all evening.More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dismembered human corpse identified, suspected killer in jail

    Dismembered human corpse identified, suspected killer in jail

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:10:09 GMT
    (WMC) - Investigators have identified the man whose head they found inside a black garbage bag after police believe he'd likely been dead for more than a week. Police say the victim has been identifiedMore >>
    Investigators have identified the man whose head they found inside a black garbage bag after police believe he'd likely been dead for more than a week.More >>
  • Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:00:09 GMT
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate.More >>
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate. Johnson discovered the posts last week, and she says what she read would make parents cringe.More >>
  • 'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

    'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:38:35 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.More >>
    A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.