We continue with our profiles on Jackson mayoral candidates. I talked with attorney Regina Quinn who has her grassroots campaign in high gear for a second run. She has one week to make her case.
The 53 year old Jackson attorney netted 15% of the vote in the 2013 election. Then threw her support behind Mayor Lumumba. Quinn vows to clean up the mess and fix what is broken, with no new taxes.
She lobbied for the 1 cent sales tax with the late Mayor.
"I availed myself to the office of the Mayor because he was gracious enough to allow me to work with him and to help him fashion a strategy for the city," said Quinn. "I suggested to him to move forward with the local option sales tax. That took some doing."
Tuesday she was transparent about previous financial difficulties. Two bankruptcies in 1997 and then 2006. Is she ready to manage the city's budget and financial woes?
"We have looming financial debt over this city of Jackson," said Quinn. "I'm a person that has faced tough financial issues and faced them head on, worked my way through it."
Over time her financial troubles were resolved. She acknowledges it will take all factions to address Jackson's long term challenges.
"We have to have one Jackson. One Jackson together that is what I'm about and that's what I am preaching to people," said the candidate. "We know how to be divisive. We know how to fight each other. Let's learn how to work together and I believe only then we will be able to move Jackson forward together."
The democratic candidate vows to take on the culture of crime without replacing the Police Chief, to promote small business jobs and restore Jackson's tarnished image as the crossroads of the south.
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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 >>
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The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia.More >>
The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia. During Friday's hearing, prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence found on Janaya's body has come back from the crime lab with a positive match for Garcia's DNA.More >>
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Officials continue to search for the man who beat and robbed a woman during a home invasion in Yazoo City on Monday night. According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front doorMore >>
According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front door for a person she thought needed help.
Friday, August 29 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:15:59 GMT
A power outage has shut down a portion of downtown Jackson. Entergy Mississippi says that crews are on site working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Entergy's website shows that overMore >>
Entergy's website showed that over 400 people were without power in the downtown area on Friday.
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The Canton Public School District says that it is working diligently to contain the spread of scabies at several of its schools. The school district says they have informed parents that their childrenMore >>
The school district says they have informed parents that their children may have recently been exposed.