Candidates try to sway voters during forum - - Jackson, MS

Candidates try to sway voters during forum

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In two weeks Hinds county voters will go to the polls to choose positions ranging from sheriff to district attorney. Tuesday night candidates participated in a political forum that gave residents a closer look at those wanting to hold office.

Candidates seeking high profile offices in Hinds county shared their platforms with nearly 200 voters at the Jackson Medical Mall. Those running for sheriff, circuit clerk, chancery clerk and district attorney took center stage.

They were each given an opportunity to introduce themselves to the public, answer questions from the audience and offer their qualifications.

The Hinds county sheriff's race was of high interest. Incumbent Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, Victor E. Mason and Anthony Thomas participated.
Each agreed that the biggest problem facing the county is the detention center.

In their opening statements Lewis said he made promises four years ago that he has kept and he wants to move forward to a better future.

Mason said he didn't want residents to guess if they were safe on his watch and he wouldn't blame others for his shortcomings. 

Thomas said there is a crisis at the Raymond Detention center that starts with leadership and you have to train and retain people to keep communities safe.

"I just came to see if I could make some sense of who to vote for and what their platforms are, what they believe in and how they can better serve our community in this critical time," said Dr. Richard Middleton III who attended the forum.

"I just wanted to get to know the people that are running for the positions, the offices and get to know why they're running, what they plan on doing for the City of Jackson," said Ashley Caples who attended her first Hinds County forum.
The event was hosted by the Jackson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma eta Sorority and the Beta Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.The primary is August 4th.

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