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[verbatim statement] April 21, 2005 Jackson, MS — This Friday, the Millsaps College Young Democrats plan to formally endorse a Democratic candidate for the mayoral race at a press conference at Millsaps College. Students from Tougaloo College are also expected to formally endorse a candidate on Friday with the Millsaps chapter, and members of Jackson State University's College Democrats are expected to attend as well. Not since the civil rights movement has a Jackson mayoral election garnered as much attention among young adults in Jackson.
"I've lived in Jackson for the past three years since I came to Millsaps," explains Kate Jacobson, president of the Millsaps College Young Democrats. "This is my first local election to participate in, and we really want to make a difference."
The press conference will be held Fri., Apr. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Bowl at Millsaps College. For more information, contact Kate Jacobson (601) 918-5474.
Truly hope the students are taking note:
Melton Did Not Come to Tougaloo even though he played coy for 24 hours.
Melton, according to TV News, had a fund raiser and private visits with supporters instead of Going To JSU.
The student Forum for Saturday has been cancelled. Hope someone can post real reason for cancelling this Forum. Also, would be interesting to know where it was to be held and who the student audience was to be.
It is flat out wrong to snub student voters this way. I heard that Mayor Johnson was going to go visit with JSU Students anyway. Did he?
The JSU forum was cancelled.
ladd posted here about it:
"Word just came from JSU that the mayoral debate there has been cancelled. It sounds like it's because Melton wanted to send a stand-in. Here's the short statement:
Due to scheduling conflicts and possible substitutions for one of the mayoral candidates, tonightís 7 p.m. debate at Jackson State University has been cancelled.
This is all so sad. We're also cancelling our youth forum Saturday as well.
"Marcus Chanay at JSU left a message explaining why tonight's mayoral debate at JSU was cancelled:
'We found out about 3:30 this afternoon that Mr. Melton was not going to be able tp participate in the debate, and he was going to send Mr. Doug Anderson, Supervisor Doug Anderson in his place. We felt that was not what our students wanted to hear. They did not want to hear Mr. Anderson; they wanted to hear Mr. Melton and Mayor Johnson. Because of that, the debate was cancelled.'
- Walker Sampson