Tony Yarber and Chowke Antar Lumumba are headed to a run-off election in the 2014 special election.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba, son of the former mayor, led by only 10 votes going into a run-off election against Councilman Tony Yarber. Both candidates got 31% of the vote in a field of 13 candidates in the emergency election for mayor after Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died in office in February.
First-term councilman Melvin Priester, Jr., who was endorsed by U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson, came in third place with 15% of the vote; long-time councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon received 11% of the vote. State Senator John Hohrn and former mayor Harvey Johnson rounded out the top 6.
The runoff is scheduled for April 22, 2014.