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Frustrations with city council president, Frank Bluntson, and political rivals

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT)  There are growing frustrations between Jackson city council president, Frank Bluntson, and his political rivals.

The controversy now has some council members talking about a change in their leadership.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, council members met last week in a closed-door session to discuss whether Bluntson acted un-ethically when two assistant city clerks spent election day working on the political campaign of his daughter-in-law, Barbara Ann Bluntson.

Bluntson said the two women used vacation days to work on the unsuccessful Madison County judge campaign on their own accord.

The debate over the use of the clerks' time was sparked by an email sent to all seven council members from a resident.

The resident alleged having overheard city hall employees talking about working on the campaign.

Bluntson claims that Ward Two councilman, Chokwe Lumumba, and Ward Three councilman, Kenneth Stokes, are attempting to unseat him as president based on political motivations.

The city council has begun informally looking into the matter.

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