The City of Jackson is expected to hold a special election after the first of the year to fill the seat being vacated by longtime Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes.
Stokes, who was sworn-in as a councilman in 1989, won his race for Hinds County Supervisor (District 5), a position he will move into on January 1, 2012. City clerk Brenda Pree says at that time, Stokes will have to officially resign his post on the council. The council will then decide on a date to hold a special election, within 45 days.
For candidates to qualify, they will have to have a petition with 50 signatures, and live within the ward. The only candidate who has publicly said he plans to run for the seat is Reverend John Taylor, founder of the Frank E. Melton Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner. Taylor is also a national gospel recording artist.
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