Bland denies ‘Ike’ influence

Questions have been raised in Meridian over whether an election official who was accused of voter fraud is involved in a local campaign for mayor.
Ike Brown of Noxubee County was sued in 2005 by the U.S. Justice Department with violating the Voting Rights Act through suppressing white voter turnout.
Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, Meridian mayoral candidate Percy Bland said Brown is not part of his campaign
Bland, who is running as a Democrat, said he too is aware of what he calls whisper campaigns about some role Brown is playing in his campaign. First of all, Bland said, Brown is not his campaign manager.

Meridian Star