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In a victorious landslide win, Chokwe Antar Lumumba is now mayor-elect of Jackson, Miss., beating Republican opponent Jason Wells with 98 percent of the vote.

“Soon after his acceptance speech, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Lumumba had 23,175 votes, or 93 percent,” reports Jackson Free Press. “Republican Wells had 900 votes, or 4 percent. Jaclyn Mask had 572 votes, or 2 percent, and Kenneth Swarts 175 votes, or 1 percent.”

Lumumba said at the King Edward Hotel on Tuesday night while addressing his victory, “We have a lot of work to do. If you have the best ideas, that’s what we’re moving with.”


As CASSIUS previously noted, Lumumba’s father, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, died suddenly in 2014 shortly after taking office. Like his father, young Lumumba is known for his work in social justice, including his involvement with the Coalition for Economic Justice, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Mississippi Human Rights Grassroots Movement.

Lumumba will take office in July.