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Two Jackson City Councilmen back Lewis for Sheriff

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

With 24 days left before the August primary, one Democratic candidate for Hinds County Sheriff receives a campaign boost.

Friday morning, Jackson City Councilmen Chokwe Lumumba and Tony Yarber publicly endorsed Tyrone Lewis for sheriff on the steps of the Hinds County courthouse.

Lewis faces incumbent Sheriff Malcolm McMillin in the August 2nd primary. He talked about the importance of making the metro area safer to encourage economic growth.

"Making sure that not only the tax base feels safe, but that the tax base can employ individuals, because when an individuals are working there's a decrease in crime," Lewis said.

McMillin supporters are arguing that the rally was illegal. They base their charge on the grounds that the courthouse is a voting precinct for absentee ballots.

According to state election code, "It shall be unlawful for any candidate for an elective office to post or distribute cards, posters or other campaign literature within 150 feet of any entrance of the building wherein any election is being held."

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