- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The field of candidates to complete the term of the late Chokwe Lumumba as mayor of Jackson has grown to six.

Announcing Tuesday were Jackson City Councilmen Tony Yarber and Melvin Priester Jr., the late mayor’s son Chokwe Antar Lumumba and attorney Regina Quinn.

Former Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. announced his candidacy Monday, and state Sen. John Horhn told the Associated Press he would run.

Quinn finished fourth in the 2013 Democratic primary, while Johnson finished third. Horhn ran in 2009.

Lumumba died Feb. 25 at age 66 from what the Hinds County coroner described as natural causes.

Candidates must file petitions with signatures of 50 registered voters to qualify by March 19.

The nonpartisan special election will be held April 8. A runoff, if necessary, would be April 22.


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