According to The Clarion-Ledger, Lumumba, 34, won over 55% of the vote against eight other candidates. His victory comes after his 2014 mayoral election loss to then Councilman Tony Yarber.
Yarber, who expressed excitement over Lumumba’s win, showed overwhelming support, stating, “We get to help him understand how to manage those high expectations.”
The primary victory is another landmark accomplishment for the Lumumba family, who have a long, storied history of activism and leadership in Jackson and beyond. In 2014, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died suddenly–less than a year after taking office. Like his father, the younger Lumumba is an attorney and an agent for social justice, known for his work with Coalition for Economic Justice, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Mississippi Human Rights Grassroots Movement. He also ran on “The People’s Platform,” which he co-authored for the late mayor’s 2013 campaign.
Lumumba will go against Republican primary winner Jason D. Wells and others during the June 6 election—but let social media and the citizens of Jackson tell it: Lumumba’s already won.
[LOL. He kinda does, though.]
Keep your eyes on Jackson as they head toward the June 6 general election.