Lumumba wins primary, likely next Jackson mayor

Chokwe Antar Lumumba took the ballroom stage just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night at the King Edward, the same hotel Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber celebrated his election just three years earlier.

Lumumba came out singing, “Victory, today, is mine,” as a crowd of hundreds chanted along.

The 34-year-old local attorney and son of Jackson’s late-Mayor Chokwe Lumumba will almost certainly be Jackson’s next mayor, despite Republican, independent and third-party opposition in this heavily Democratic city in the June 6 general election.

He won the Democratic primary for mayor without a runoff, receiving over 55 percent of the vote against eight other candidates.

Clarion Ledger