Mayor & Former Governor: Jackson’s Best Days Are Ahead

Mississippi’s capital city faces a shrinking population, an aging infrastructure and other challenges, but the mayor and a former governor say they believe Jackson’s best days are ahead.

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and former Gov. Haley Barbour spoke to more than 500 people Thursday at a fundraiser for Operation Shoestring, a nonprofit group that does education and mentoring programs for low-income young people in central Jackson.

Democrat Lumumba and Republican Barbour agreed on many points, but politely disagreed on one – charter schools. Charters receive public money but are free from some regulations.