Kenny Stokes | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Kenny Stokes

Kenny Stokes (right) with Chokwe Lumumba (left)

Kenny Stokes (right) with Chokwe Lumumba (left) Photo by Tyler Cleveland

At a press conference Friday morning outside the Jackson City Hall, Hinds County District 5 Supervisor Kenny Stokes gave an endorsement on behalf of him and his wife, Ward 3 City Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes, to mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba ahead of next Tuesday's runoff election.

Lumumba, a lawyer, civil rights advocate and Ward 2 councilman, is in a tightly contested race with businessman Jonathan Lee.

Stokes also concluded his comments by suddenly saying the Jackson Free Press "can kiss his ass!"

He didn't elaborate, but added later he thought the paper should have endorsed Lumumba. It is worth noting that we also did not endorse Stokes' wife in her bid for re-election in Ward 3, which she won with 53 percent on May 7, meaning no runoff was necessary. The JFP was also a strong critic of Mayor Frank Melton, a close ally of Stokes.

Stokes has a history of speaking his mind, and colorfully. On Oct. 17, 2012, Stokes told an attorney representing homeowners near the Faircloth Landfill he was "tired of this bullsh*t" and refused to back down after Board President Robert Graham apologized to the attorney. He also shouted "Yo mama" at one protester in the board chamber at the chancery court building. He also told Byram Fire Chief Marshall Robinson that "to address the (board) president with all that bass in your voice is just wrong."

Comments

js1976 4 years, 9 months ago

I've seen mold spores with more brain cells than Stokes! Can anyone list one postive attribute this chump has brought to the City?

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darryl 4 years, 9 months ago

Bravura performance, js1976.

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Scorpio1 4 years, 6 months ago

I was born in Jackson and also attended Lanier High School during the the time Kenneth Stokes was there. As a resident of Dallas Tx I have read a lot of the articles surrounding the Byram Clinton Corridor. Kenneth get your head out of your butt. You and Robert need to notice for a city of Jackson size it is inevitable that it needs area for infrastructure to be present. Build the corridor and businesses will come. Mr. Vance and Terry Bradshaw has already started a push for this area for businesses out of state to take a look at. This would be a thriving metropolitan city in Hinds county if the infrastructure is there. Please start thinking outside the box. Think about the next generations that is coming up.

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