The people have spoken and they have chosen city councilman Tony Yarber as the next mayor of Jackson, MS. So now it’s our turn. What does this mean for Jackson and the citizens going forward? Our opinionated contributors Roderick and Xavier give their two cents!
Roderick: Seeing as only 40% of the registered voters in the city turned out to vote, I’d say that means we have a voting problem here in MS. But that’s not accurate because it’s not unique here. It’s a country wide problem. But that’s beside the point. I think Jacksonian’s negative reaction to Yarber attack ad swayed the outcome of this election and I think that is unfortunate because we missed out on what I believe would have been a better mayor for the city.
I don’t like some of Yarber’s answers in regards to equal rights for all including the homesexual community. I know he said the usual conservative politically correct answer “I don’t have to agree with the lifestyle to understand everyone should be equal no matter what” but all that tells me is that he is very much showing off those good ol Christian values (which I think is awful for running government, need, smart hardworking open minded people doing that). I like to keep my religious and state matters separate. And I also believe his policies leave a lot to be desired. I didn’t hear any new or great solutions to the problems that plague the city. I just heard a lot of politically correct and vague answers. Jackson needs innovation and tenacity to combat these extensive and comprehensive problems. I very much preferred Priester to anyone else with Chokwe Antar coming in a close second.
But his constituency, older people and church folks put him in so he is up next. I don’t think much will change in Jackson with him at the helm but I certainly hope I’m wrong.
Xavier: Politics can get ugly. The mayoral race got ugly, but what’s done is done. Yarber is our city’s mayor and we must throw our support behind him as residents of the capital city. It bothered me that each candidate made references to “the people” as if we don’t all share the same concerns. I was also bothered by the turnout of voters. Sadly, it seems we still live amongst people who have no concern for what happens outside of their own homes, neglecting the fact that what happens in City Hall affects us nonetheless. Still, I’m excited– well, truthfully, I’m terrified. I’m hoping and praying that Yarber will truly make things shake and move this city into the surplus and prosperity that we are due. “The people” need to see gears turning. We need to know that our hope is not in vain.
There you have it folks. What do you think about Tony Yarber winning the bid for mayor or/and Roderick or Xavier’s responses? Let us know it in comments below!