“You are not skipping school are you”? Mayoral challenger, Frank Melton asks two boys walking out of a grocery store with their mom. “No”, they reply.
Whether it’s hugging kids of voters or handing out business cards, Melton is still canvassing for votes. “You can’t be complacent. You’ve got to get out there and you’ve got to work”.
And for the past six months, he has been polling Jackson voters. “A poll is a poll. And nothing matters until people actually go out there and vote”. Melton says despite positive results, he’s not going to let it go to his head. “I’ve got a lot of work I’ve got to do in the next few days. There’s no question about that. We’ve led in every poll we’ve ever done including his polls”.
But Mayor Harvey Johnson’s campaign manager, Derrick Johnson says the only poll that matters is the Democratic primary. And he’s banking on his candidate. “We believe he will be victorious on May third”. He says Mayor Johnson like Melton will also continue campaigning. “We will continue to go door to door and we will continue to share with the citizens of jackson the issues that are of concern to them”.
Issues like crime, jobs and economic development to name a few. Also, neither candidate believes race or gender will affect who will win the Democratic seat. Johnson exclaims, “On May 3rd when the polls close, we will share with you our victory”. And Melton, confidently shakes his head and says, “I think they’re gonna support me”.
The Democratic primary is Tuesday, May 3, 2005.