Campaign ad features Yarber "selfie" - - Jackson, MS

Campaign ad features Yarber "selfie"

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

With Jackson's mayoral election just days away, the relatively clean campaign is about to get dirty, thanks to an unflattering video of one of the candidates, which has surfaced in a campaign ad.

April 9th, on the steps of city hall, both runoff candidates accepted the challenge by a group called Working Together Jackson, to run a clean campaign.

"I always fight fair. I fight hard, but I fight fair," said Tony Yarber.

"I don't feel that it profits the City of Jackson in order to go negative so I won't do it," said Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

And for the most part, it has been a clean campaign until now. A group calling itself Citizens for Decency bought air time for a television ad featuring what is known as a selfie, taken with a cell phone camera by city councilman Tony Yarber.

Lumumba, Yarber's runoff opponent, said he has not seen the ad.

"I've been informed that there is an ad out there, said Lumumba. "A while ago, somebody showed me the bathroom selfie video's on what have you, so I was made aware of it but I made a conscience decision not to use it."

"I will not do negative campaign," added Lumumba. "No one on my campaign that is actively working on part of my campaign is part of any negative campaign."

Yarber released a statement on the ad.

"It seems that the methods in which we do ministry has garnered the attention of some and is being ridiculed," said Yarber. "Let me be clear, this video is not something that I am embarrassed or ashamed of. Apologizing for this video would be diminishing the deliverance that took place in the lives of countless young adults and I do not apologize for being a servant to people. In fact, I am still honored and humbled to be chosen to serve."

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