From Media Reports
JACKSON – Local businessman Jonathan Lee will face city Councilman Chokwe Lumumba in a May 21 primary for the Democratic race for mayor.
Incumbent Mayor Har
vey Johnson, who was facing 10 Democratic challengers on the ballot, conceded defeat Tuesday evening.
“I’m obviously disappointed in the results of the election, but this is the American way. We have to respect the Democratic process, we’ll do that and move forward,” Johnson said. “I’m looking at accomplishments. I’m looking at a legacy and I’m fairly sure whoever assumes the office of mayor in the next four years will build on that foundation we’ve built over the past 12 years.”
Businessman Jonathan Lee and Jackson Councilman Chokwe Lumumba advance to a mayoral runoff election on May 21.
“Tonight is a night of celebration. We’re going to savor the moment,” Lee said. “We know we’ve got work ahead, but you know what? It’s just good to be here. And it’s good to know that we live in a city where there is hope. There is hope for the future.”
Johnson is in his third term, although the terms have not been consecutive. He served as mayor from 1997-2005 and was elected again in 2009
Tuesday’s Jackson mayoral challengers included Jonathan Lee, Jackson Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, Regina Quinn, Robert Amos, Jackson Councilman Frank Bluntson, William Bright and Gwendolyn Ward Osborne Chapman.
The other candidates on Jackson’s Democratic mayoral ballot were John H. Jones, Jr., Charlotte Reeves, Charles Taylor, Sr.