The Clarion-Ledger, 7/29/8

In a city dominated by black Democratic politics, Jackson Mayor Frank Melton has nominated a second conservative, white male in two months to an important post in city government.

The nomination of former state Rep. John Reeves to replace Municipal Court Judge Melvin Priester is on today’s City Council agenda, but action likely will be delayed until a scheduled confirmation hearing next week.

Melton has been auditioning Reeves for several positions for months, including seats on the city redevelopment and airport authorities. When Priester was appointed earlier this month to a special seat on the Hinds County Circuit Court, Melton said he offered the position to Reeves, who runs a law practice in Jackson and has performed some outside legal work for the city.