Harvey Johnson officially announced plans to run for Jackson Mayor Monday afternoon. Johnson served 3 terms as mayor between 1997 and 2013.
During his news conference he talked about his previous work for the city which included construction of Jackson's convention center, the revitalization of the I-55 corridor, and installation of traffic lights on highway 49 and John F. Kennedy.
He wants voters to count on his experience to gain results.
"We need experience. We need experience that we can trust," said Johnson. "I'm so pleased that voters passed the 1 percent sales tax. That's going to create millions of dollars come into our treasury to fix potholes, streets, water and sewer lines and drainage and you simply need someone with experience to make sure that money is properly spent."
Jonathan Lee, who had the most votes in the 2013 primary, but lost to Mayor Lumumba in a run-off, will not run in the special election.
"My family and I have given prayer and consideration to mounting a campaign, and together we have come to the conclusion that I will not seek the office at this time," said Lee in a statement released Monday evening.
The Jackson city clerk's office says no candidates have formally turned in registration packets for mayor, however, forms have been picked up. City Council President Melvin Priester plans to announce his candidacy for mayor Tuesday, and council member Margaret Barrett-Simon will make a decision by the end of the week.
Candidates must file petitions by March 19. The special election is April 8.
Monday, March 10 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-03-11 00:19:50 GMT
The Jackson Chamber of Commerce will host a mayoral debate Thursday, March 27. it will air live on WLBT and MSNewsNow.com. Former Mayor Harvey Johnson has already announced his candidacy. City councilmanMore >>
The Jackson Chamber of Commerce will host a mayoral debate Thursday, March 27. it will air live on WLBT and MSNewsNow.com.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor.More >>
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor, his mother just died, and now he is a single father raising a newborn all alone.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:29 GMT
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened last night, while he was making an arrest, at the intersection of Forest Hill RoadMore >>
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened Wednesday night, while he was making an arrest at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Raymond Road.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.