JACKSON, Miss.–It’s a vote for experience and unity is what Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber told a crowd of supporters at the King Edward Hotel in Downtown Jackson following his victory in the run-off election for mayor Tuesday. He beat his opponent, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, by more than 2,000 votes.
Yarber is 36. Lumumba is the son of the late Chokwe Lumumba, who died in office as mayor of Jackson earlier this year.
“It’s a vote for the candidate who has the ability to bring all people together who can do this job tomorrow,” said Yarber. And he may. He could be sworn in as early as Wednesday morning. Yarber promised not to forget the vision of the late mayor and his son.
In Sandersville, in Jones County, Bob Whit was elected mayor in a run-off there. He serves as an alderman. His opponent was Darlene Hill, who got 80 votes. White got 108 and there will now be another election to fill his seat as alerman-at-large.
Sandersville is home to a casino, operated by the Miss. Band of Choctaw Indians. Mayor Jimmy Hill died the same day as the late Mayor Lumumba in Jackson.