Banks cruises to runoff victory despite low voter turnout

Published: May. 17, 2017 at 4:12 AM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2017 at 7:35 AM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Aaron Banks defeated challenger Ernest Slaughter in Tuesday's runoff election to clinch the Democratic nomination for Jackson's Ward 6 City Council seat.

The race remained close in the beginning due to low voter turnout, with both candidates separated by as few as three votes at one time.

Numbers from the Jackson City Clerk show a 70 percent drop in voters for Tuesday's Ward 6 runoff election when compared to the primary just two weeks ago.

Banks celebrated the victory with friends and family at Next Level Entertainment at the Metrocenter Mall.

The venue served as a symbolic choice because of Banks' platform, "South Jackson Matters."

"I remember when Metrocenter was the place to be. I remember at Christmastime, cars were parked all on the grass," said Banks. "When I talk about 'South Jackson Matters,' it's talking about making noise, and it's talking about people getting out front and standing up and saying, look, we can bring this area back. South Jackson and Metrocenter and everything south is not gonna be a forgotten ward anymore, or forgotten wards."

Banks faces Republican challenger Ponto Downing in the June general election.

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