Melton builds huge funding lead in race campaign

Jackson mayoral candidate and Democrat Frank Melton has raised $600,268 more than Republican opponent Rick Whitlow heading into Tuesday’s general election.

Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show Melton has raised $617,000 this year and Whitlow $16,732.

“The message that I’m getting is that people want good government,” Melton said.

Melton, 54, a former television executive and director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, beat Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. in the May 3 primary to become the Democratic Party’s nominee.

More than $1 million total has been raised by four candidates running for the four-year position, which pays $120,000 annually. The winner will take office July 4.

Johnson raised $444,559 before the primary. At that point, Melton was $10,200 ahead of him. Johnson, too, was supposed to have filed a report but hadn’t by the 5 p.m. close of City Hall on Tuesday.

Clarion Ledger
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