Jackson mayoral special election set for April 8

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson will hold a nonpartisan special election on April 8 to choose a new mayor.

If a runoff is needed, it will be April 22.

The City Council met Monday and set the election to find a successor for the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah), who died Feb. 25 at age 66. His funeral will be Saturday.

Lumumba, a Democrat, served one term on the Jackson City Council before being sworn in as mayor last July.

The special election is expected to attract several candidates. Qualifying deadline is March 19.

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