Area mayors spoke highly of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. They described the 66 year old attorney as willing to listen but more than that, willing to reach out and form alliances to solve common and long neglected problems affecting the counties surrounding Jackson.
"We were able to work with Mayor Lumumba, didn't have any problems doing that," said Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers. "He was willing to stretch his hand out across county lines and across sister cities and attempt to solve some problems."
"I thought he was doing a fine job, said Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher. "I really admired him and I told him so. The fact that he stepped out and recognized the need that I had, Jackson had with infrastructure. Their pipes and roads and the need to upgrade that."
"Was very impressed with his attitude toward progress and willingness to take on difficult decision such as passing the sales tax recently," said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee. "I think he realized the need that Jackson has for many many improvements."
Other reaction included Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler. While she didn't know him very well she said his short term in office translated into a very sad day.
Madison's mayor sends her condolences to his family and the citizens of Jackson.
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