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JFP Calls Mayoral Race for Lee and Lumumba in Runoff

It looks like Jonathan Lee and Chokwe Lumumba are headed into the runoff. Share your predictions for what the next to weeks will be like!

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donnaladd 4 years, 5 months ago

We're hearing that Lumumba had a turnout surge today -- will it put him in the runoff? It well might.

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kdavis 4 years, 5 months ago

I think WJTV has the most up to date results. 40% of the vote Lee Lumumba and Johnson in that order all hovering around 30%

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donnaladd 4 years, 5 months ago

We suggest following the @jxnfreepress Twitter feed. Wild, wild west over there, and the numbers keep jumping around although it seems to be settling into Lee-Lumumba-Johnson in that order.

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kdavis 4 years, 5 months ago

If these results hold for Mayor of Jackson, you will have a dilemma choosing between Lee and Lumumba for an endorsement.

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JLucas 4 years, 5 months ago

God I hope Lee's lead holds through the rest of the night. Johnson needs to be drummed out of City Hall once and for all.

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darryl 4 years, 5 months ago

It's early yet (read first drink down) but good for Madison and Clinton. Too bad Fisher won't be on the BOS to counterbalance Messrs Stokes and Graham. Too bad LaRita ran against umpteen challengers. Can't they galvanize over in ward 3 behind Ms. Jackson or just one candidate to get the Bennie Thompson-lite (smirk) Stokes out of politics? Glad Mr. Priester is likely to win ward 2. Strong candidate. Surprised he didn't get y'all's endorsement. And, last but certainly last, Jack-town has apparently disregarded the mud and voted with its brain (smirk).

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Knowledge06 4 years, 5 months ago

Here's to Mr. Lumumba in the run-off. If Johnson and Quinn endorse him, Lee won't win. Actually if 1 of the 2 endorse him, Lee won't win. The problem for Lee is that he hit his ceiling tonight. He has nowhere to go now. Lumumba will garner most of the Johnson and Quinn votes. Lee can't be trusted. Sorry but that's the consensus of those of us who supported the Mayor.

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donnaladd 4 years, 5 months ago

It's gonna be interesting, I'll give y'all that. And either way, it'll be great journalism. That's the selfish response, not the Jackson warrior one. But might as well enjoy that part now. ;-)

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Duan 4 years, 5 months ago

I have to say it - Harvey worked with what he had resource wise.

I think its good to give someone else (Lee or Lumumba) a look to see if they can do any better?

I wish the citizens had the same attitude of replacing the mayor - towards the stalemates on the city council.

But we need a mayor that's going to forge a strong relationship with the governor and the state legislators, who's going to make a strong effort to channel resources into the capital.

Now whether that's Chokwe or Jonathan is another argument and will remain to be seen.

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Tom_Head 4 years, 5 months ago

I think the biggest policy issue distinguishing Lee and Lumumba, in terms of how they would perform as mayor, is their willingness to protect Jackson's autonomy in the face of suburban legislative pressure. The racist state-run sales tax proposal is a good bellwether for that—Lee's willing to accept it, Lumumba isn't, and I think that pretty accurately defines how they would govern differently as mayor. If you want to concede some of Jackson's governing structure over to folks who don't actually live in Jackson, and trust them to use that power to help us rather than exploit us, Jonathan Lee is your man. If you think that's a devil's bargain, Chokwe Lumumba is your man.

Personally, being a historian and having seen how the Mississippi State Legislature works, I think Lumumba wins that argument pretty decisively. Handing our city government over to Phil Bryant and his cronies would be irrational, dangerous, and just plain weird.

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js1976 4 years, 5 months ago

"The racist state-run sales tax proposal is a good bellwether for that"

So the ansnwer is to combat racism with more racism? To me that is irrational, dangerous, and very wierd.

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Tom_Head 4 years, 5 months ago

That's the problem with your definition of racism: by defining Chokwe Lumumba as "a" racist, you're attempting to discredit his reasonable opposition to proposals that have an obvious racist effect (such as the conditional disenfranchisement of Jackson's black voters, in this case). Meanwhile, by defining Phil Bryant as not being "a" racist, you can whitewash his proposals–even when they have an obvious racist effect. And this very white definition of racism gets repeated unchallenged every day, like some idiotic liturgical chant, on SuperTalk.

But it's dishonest, wrongheaded, and carries no weight with me. You should try it on the local right-wing blogosphere if you want a suburban amen chorus; I'm sure they'd be happy to give you one. Personally, I can't be bothered.

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Duan 4 years, 5 months ago

Tom - I think you make a solid argument on why you should or shouldn't want to deal with the legislators and letting them dictate the narrative on getting resources into Jackson.

It is a catch 22 - damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Hell we could have kept Harvey into office, if we were choosing the lesser of two evils.

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js1976 4 years, 5 months ago

Tom, I gave no definition of "racism". Neither did I make any claim that Phil Bryant is not being a racist. So the only idiotic liturgical chant is being diplayed right here on the JFP!

So stop trying to overanalyze me previous comment. I was mearly pointing out the irony in your statement! I'm sure you're still not bothered, but who cares. That wasn't my intention! Suburban amen chorus in 3,2,1.......

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