Councilman Chokwe Lumumba at his campaign celebration, 05.21.2013
KPFA Evening News, 05.25.2013
KPFA News Anchor Cameron Jones: Jackson, Mississippi City Councilman and renowned human rights attorney Chokwe Lumumba won this week’s Democratic primary runoff in the race to become Jackson’s next mayor. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: Jackson will hold a general election on June 4th, but the city is majority Democratic, so the Democratic primary effectively determines who the next mayor will be. There are two independents, but no Republican, on the general election ballot.
On Tuesday night, Lumumba’s campaign volunteers chanted ecstatically until Councilman Lumumba emerged holding high the hands of two of his children, Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Rukia Lumumba, both of whom have become lawyers like their father. He then urged the crowd to prepare to join him in restoring Jackson’s infrastructure.
Chokwe Lumumba campaign volunteers: CHOKWE LUMUMBA! CHOKWE LUMUMBA! CHOKWE LUMUMBA!
Chokwe Lumumba: We are about to do some big things in Jackson. Not just because you’ve elected Chokwe Lumumba. But we’re about to do some big things in Jackson because the people of Jackson are ready to get it done. This is not somethin’ just’ to be given to us. This is something that we collectively gotta earn. We’ve gotta work hard to make these things happen. And that’s what I’m hoping, that I get some plans out of everybody who helped me get elected. . . that we’re gonna work hard to fix the streets of Jackson, fix the water of Jackson, to fix the infrastructure of Jackson, to fix the crime problem in Jackson, and to fix everything that has to be fixed in Jackson.
KPFA: As a Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba has pushed for legislation requiring local hiring in Jackson's public construction projects, to ensure that funds devoted to rebuilding Jackson's infrastructure also benefit the people of Jackson, by employing them.Councilman Lumumba's promise to rebuild Jackson and employ Jackson's people doing it has been the backbone of his campaign.
For Pacifica, KPFA, and AfrobeatRadio, I’m Ann Garrison.