The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 6/22/7

Citing health reasons, City Council President Ben Allen has stunned Jacksonians by announcing he will step down today, as the city faces a critical juncture in finances, crime-fighting and building confidence in the city’s leadership.

Vice President Frank Bluntson of Ward 4 will serve as president, and a special election must be set for a replacement to represent Allen’s Ward 1 in northeast Jackson.