JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - On the heels of his mistrial in federal court, Jackson Mayor Frank Melton is starting his bid for re-election.
Melton cites his improving health as one of the main reasons he wants to run again.
Melton filed his qualifying papers with the Jackson city clerk's office Wednesday morning. He was surrounded by a throng of supporters, many of whom were city employees.
Melton would not answer any questions about Thursday's meeting where prosecutors could decide if they'll re-try him on the civil rights charges.
Melton did, however, say his goal was to transform the inner city, take an aggressive approach to public safety in Jackson, and improve the quality of life for all citizens.
"You live and you learn, and I've learned, and there will be some changes made; there have been some changes made," he said. "I've been a good boy for the last two years, but there's still things that have to get done.... The standards in our neighborhoods are going to be the same for everybody. There are certain things we're not going to tolerate in the inner city."
The Jackson mayor will face at least ten other Democrats in the May 5 primary. Among them are former Jackson Police Chief Robert Johnson and Ward 6 Councilman Marshand Crisler. Former Mayor Harvey Johnson, has also said he will run, though he has not filed his qualifying papers yet.
The Republicans in the race are George Lambus and Walter Slone, Sr. The independent candidates are Robert Amos and Rick Whitlow. Whitlow also filed his qualifying papers Wednesday morning.
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