A crowded field
Marshand Crisler, the two-term councilman and former council president, has spent the past several years prepping for a run at the mayor’s office. He has positioned himself as a voice of reason on a council that has provided cable watchers entertainment worthy of Seinfeld.
John Horhn, who has built a solid reputation in the state Senate, has also announced his intentions to run for the $120,000-a-year job. Horhn will soon learn that holding state office won’t exempt him from having to overcome Jackson-style politics. He’ll have to persuade the same constituency that has given him easy state victories that he’s ready to lead the capital city.
Not to be forgotten are former police chief Robert Johnson and current Hinds County Tax Collector Eddie Fair, among several others. And there is one who we have yet to hear from, Harvey Johnson, who loved his two terms as mayor and probably can’t resist this opportunity, even if it means crashing the crowded party.
With a field as wide open as this one, it’s a legitimate question about who has the political clout to break from the pack. Mayoral candidates don’t have the luxury of a two-year running window as President Barack Obama did. It’s a short election cycle where the heat starts right about now. This one is more sprint than marathon.
While candidates get ready to battle, an even bigger issue involves the almighty dollar and who can raise the most the fastest. That will necessitate gaining an audience with business leaders, such as Leland Speed, and getting their blessing through the power of their pocketbook.