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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell tells us he will cut his second term short.

"On or before October 31 of this year I'm going to tender my resignation as City Councilman for Ward 1," he says.

Whitwell says professional and personal demands outside the realm of city government led him to his decision.

"My children have some new opportunities I'm allowing them to pursue, it takes up a lot of my time. I have some business opportunities that I've been pursuing. I just bought a Christian publishing company," he says. Whitwell also co-owns a law firm and a lobbying firm. He says he will soon be splitting his time between Jackson and Oxford, and he doesn't feel he will be able to continue committing 110 percent to the interests of the city.

The second-term councilman points out a few of his accomplishments in his 3 1/2 years in the Ward 1 seat: general upgrades to Parham Bridges Park and the addition of two tournament style tennis courts. More tennis courts are on the way. He has also brought about progress for citizens in their neighborhoods.

"An ordinance for gates in neighborhoods so they can be safer. We've been trying for that for 30 years," he says.

Whitwell plans to continue to serve the city in other capacities, and he urges everyone to get behind Mayor Tony Yarber for true economic and quality of life changes.

A special election will be held within 45 days of Whitwell vacating the Ward 1 seat.

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