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7 Jackson mayoral candidates debate the issues

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.

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