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Lumumba, Lee square off in heated debate

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Friday night, voters saw an authoritative side to Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, confident in his ability to run Jackson after four years on City Council.

"I'm a passionate fellow," he told us after the debate. "I'm going to fight hard for things. I'll fight hard for the city of Jackson, and if that's what Jackson wants, and I think we do, I'm going to be the next Mayor."

Through much of the debate, Lumumba questioned whether or not Lee understands how Jackson's government works, most importantly the job of Mayor.

"I think we've got a lot of distance between us in terms of our experience, in terms of the knowledge base," says Lumumba.

"Oh I understand perfectly how government works," says Lee. "In fact, I think people are not concerned at all about my ability or my thought pattern. The point is this election is not necessarily about the last 40 years. It's about the next 40 years."

Lee questions the work Lumumba has done in his ward of the city, asking why Presidential Hills still floods almost every time it rains.

"If you're going to take credit, you've also got to take responsibility," says Lee. "He is part of the institution, part of the institution that helps guide the city, and its hard to lean on a record where the folks in Ward Two still have the same problems they did four years ago."

"He has a misconception of what a Councilman can do," responds Lumumba. "I can't take a shovel and go out there and fix the street. I can report it as a Councilman to the Mayor, and the Mayor's supposed to get it done by sending somebody out there to do it. Now that I'll be the Mayor, then I will be able to send someone out there to do it."

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