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News Bits: The Jackson Mayor's Race

Harper Withdraws, Leaving 11 Democrats for the Primary


Joyce Harper, one of 12 Democratic candidates who filed for the mayor's job in Jackson, has withdrawn from the race, lending her endorsement to incumbent Mayor Frank Melton, according to a release from the Melton campaign.

"We are honored to receive the endorsement of Ms. Harper and look forward to working with her in getting our mayor, Frank Melton, re-elected, so that he can continue working for Jackson," stated Erik Fleming, Campaign Coordinator for The Committee to Re-Elect Mayor Frank Melton.

Home Builders Endorse John Horhn

The Home Builders Association of Jackson announced their endorsement for Mississippi Sen. John Horhn yesterday, reports The Clarion Ledger.

John Lee of Jackson-based industrial products and warehousing company Mississippi Products Inc. said the five-term state senator is the right candidate to lead the city during a pivotal time.

"I believe that Jackson is truly the last frontier of the New South. We are primed for development," Lee said. "All we need is a good leader and I believe John Horhn is that man."

Harvey Johnson Hosts Fish Fry

Former Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is holding Fundraiser Fish Fry Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the campaign office, 4436 N. State Street. Tickets are $7. Call 601-487-8055 for additional information.

Mayoral Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Mississippi Medical Center, 1850 Chadwick Drive., candidates will field questions from the community. WJTV's Linda Allen will moderate. Call 601-376-1000 for information.

Mayors Forum

Sunday, April 19, from 3 to 6 p.m., WOAD radio, the Healing of The City Coalition, Jackson branch NAACP and the AFL-CIO host a Mayors Forum at the Greater Tree of Life M.B. Church, 3102 Monticello Drive.

Each candidate will make an opening statement, after which audience members and media can ask questions. The forum will be broadcast live on WOAD, 1300 AM.

Mayoral Debate

Thursday, April 23, the Jackson Free Press will be one of the sponsors of a mayoral debate held at the Jackson Convention Complex, starting at 7 p.m. Submit your questions online here or e-mail them to [e-mail missing].

WAPT, another sponsor of the event, will broadcast the debate on Channel 16, and the JFP and WAPT Web sites will stream live.

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Previous Comments


Joyce Harper should never have entered the race along with many other of the candidates. I wonder did Melton coerce her to drop out? She said that she ran because she wanted to make things better in Jackson but she endorses a man that has at best been a part time mayor. Melton has spent at least half of his term in court and traveling back and forth to Texas. He already has at least four more lawsuits to deal with. He has absolutely no credibility. He once bragged about his wealth and now he cannot even pay his taxes on a house that he lives in. I hate to say it but things are looking like Melton injected Harper and others into the race for his own personal gain.......AGAIN.


Not a bad theory.

golden eagle

I wonder if the Horhn endorsement by the Homebuilders was a decision of just the President or if the full board approved it. Shouldn't the membership be contacted first?


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