Dems pick Lumumba in Jackson mayor runoff

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 7:05 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah) has defeated businessman Jonathan Lee in the Democratic primary runoff for Jackson mayor.

Complete, but unofficial returns show the 65-year-old Lumumba winning 54 percent of the vote Tuesday.

No Republican is running, though independent candidates Francis Smith, Jr., Richard Williams, Jr., and Cornelius Griggs are on the June 4 general election ballot. The new term begins July 1.

Lumumba, an attorney and civil rights activist, was active in a black nationalist group decades ago. But he ran as a mainstream candidate who would represent all city voters.

In Southaven, Darren Musselwhite defeated Jerald Wheeler for the GOP nomination for mayor.

Musselwhite will face Democrat Coria Williams and incumbent Mayor Greg Davis, who is running as an Independent, in the general election.

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