The son of Jackson's late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has just announced he will be running to fill the vacancy left by his father's death.
Here is the news release in its entirety:
"After an emotional past two weeks, which included laying his father to rest and delivering an impassioned eulogy that The New York Times called "Barn-burning," on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Attorney and Managing Partner for Lumumba, Freelon, & Associates, Chokwe Antar. Lumumba will announce his intent to seek the mayor's office for the city of Jackson, MS.
Attorney Lumumba, a gifted Human Rights and Criminal Defense Attorney, will seek to carry on the vision of The People's Platform that he and his father developed together as
he served as campaign co-chair for his father's mayoral bid just one year ago.
Atty. Lumumba's primary aim in seeking the mayoral seat is a genuine desire to continue the vision of bringing new economic ideas that will benefit ALL of the citizens of Jackson, promote transparency to government affairs, and fortify the City's infrastructure (water, drainage, roads, and sewer) as a means of economic stimulus and growth with revenues allocated by bold moves for which Mayor Lumuba's administration was lauded both locally and nationally.
Attorney Lumumba states, "There is an opportunity now to bring a new vision to Jackson that will provide economic development and needed jobs to greater Jackson and not just downtown. For too long, public funds have been used for private benefit and we want to change that. That is why I am running for Mayor."
Chokwe Antar also plans to continue the development and implementation of a holistic plan to significantly reduce crime by fostering more dialogue and programming between officers, citizens, businesses, and community leaders while simultaneously attacking poverty- a program that his father was excitedly preparing to unveil this month.
Mr. Lumumba intends to stick to his roots and run a grassroots campaign reaching out to professionals and working-class and underserved communities- continuing the vision of making the needs of the People the focal point of his campaign.
He also plans to continue building and fostering relationships at the state and federal levels to tap into new opportunities and funding sources for the city. Chokwe Antar states, "We intend
to make the Peoples' voice the centerpiece of this campaign. By that, I mean we will exchange ideas with the people and allow them to have a voice in the working of this city. The people of Jackson will participate in molding this campaign as well as my administrationcreating a participatory democracy.
As we say, the people must decide the future of Jackson; we can continue to limp along or will we take bold initiatives to bring economic justice and jobs to the people of this city."
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