With the election for Mayor of Jackson three days away candidates are out in force campaigning. incumbent councilman Tony Yarber is a former educator, and now pastor. Yarber says he intends to be aggressive on crime and help stamp out the fear factor.
"There are answers," said Yarber. "I think the answers come from several different places. We have to make sure the police officers have what they need to police. We have to empower the communities to police. We have to make sure there are jobs available and we are taking care of people who have mental illness. We have to do a better job of that."
The 36-year-old councilman says he is focused; his moral compass is balanced and he is ready to lead.
"I think it's important to let citizens know that we are going to be looking at every area of the city and have to be everywhere at the same time," said Yarber. "So there will be no west Jackson versus northeast Jackson. Everyone will get the opportunity to see work happening."
Yarber says there is much to do and much to be accomplished under his leadership if elected. "Small business owners need to know they will be at the table," said Yarber. "And ultimately the goal is Jackson, Mississippi, will become a place where everyone will want to come and no one will want to leave, and it will be the place where we have great recreation and they will want to raise their children."
Yarber is one of 13 candidates vying for the city's top office.
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