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Yarber declares victory

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson voters have promoted a city councilman to lead the Capital City.  Mayor elect Tony Yarber entered to cheers at the packed ballroom at the King Edward. He began his speech to supporters with a prayer of thanksgiving.

The 36 year old was joined by his wife Rosalind, three children, mother and sister. He thanked his opponent Chokwe Antar Lumumba and his father the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and promised not to forget his vision.

When he arrived at the celebration after attending Tuesday's city council meeting he was ahead by more than 2,000 votes.

Flowood Mayor Gary Rhodes was among those attending the celebrations. Yarber pledged that his administration would reach out to and work with neighboring cities and counties to build a stronger metro area.

"It's a vote for experience. it's a vote for unity. it's a vote for the candidate who has the ability to bring all people together who can do this job tomorrow," said Mayor Elect Yarber.

The south Jackson resident plans to take the Oath of Office Wednesday and immediately begin working on making appointments to the commission to oversee the implementation of the one cent sales tax infrastructure plan.

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