JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Campaigns are gearing up in some Mississippi cities, even though elections for mayors, aldermen and city council members are a year away in most places.
Member of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, Robert Graham, and well-known attorney, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, announced that they will be running for mayor in the next election.
Graham worked 35 years for the Jackson Police Department and has been a Hinds County supervisor since 2007. Lumumba is the son of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, a human rights lawyer who served on the City Council before winning Jackson’s top job in 2013.
The elder Lumumba died in February 2014 after almost eight months in office. Chokwe Antar ran for mayor in the special election after his father’s death and lost to the current mayor, Tony Yarber.
WJTV got the chance to speak with both candidates on Thursday.