New councilwoman sworn in; calls fellow councilman a 'liar' - - Jackson, MS

New councilwoman sworn in; calls fellow councilman a 'liar'

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In her comments after her swearing in Friday as Jackson's Ward 3 Councilwoman, Larita Cooper-Stokes took a few swipes at Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell, claiming that he interfered in the Ward 3 race.

"The night before the runoff election a reporter called me, told me he had made startling allegations about my campaign, was totally unfounded. Whitwell is a liar. He has refused to apologize," Cooper-Stokes told reporters, amid the Councilman's questioning of how the election was run at certain precincts.

Cooper-Stokes, wife of Hinds County District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes, edged out candidate Joyce Jackson in a runoff election to succeed her husband, who held the council seat previously.

Councilman Whitwell could not be reached for comment Friday.

Cooper-Stokes says if Jackson wants to contest the results of the election, that's her prerogative.

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