Former Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis announces candidacy for Ward 2 council seat

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Former Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis announced he is seeking the Ward 2 Jackson City Council seat. Former councilman Melvin Priester announced his resignation last week.

“We can do better. We can reduce violent crime, improve our tax base and attract businesses to our city,” Lewis said.

Lewis was also Chief of Police in Jackson before he was elected as Hinds County sheriff in 2001.

“My experience in law enforcement, city and county administration as well as in the private sector give me the skill set Jackson needs right now,” Lewis said. “From my years growing up in Jackson and serving in both appointed and elected capacities, I have always looked to serve my community. I will be a voice for the residents of Ward 2 on the Jackson City Council. If I am elected, I will act in the best interests of the people I serve, as I have always done. My record speaks for me.”

The election for the Ward 2 Jackson City Council seat will be on November 17, 2020.

The Department of Municipal Clerk will be open October 12-16 for voter registration from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to be eligible to vote in the Ward 2 Special Election. The deadline to register is at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17.

The last day to vote absentee is Saturday, November 14, at 12:00 p.m. The Department of Municipal Clerk will be open on November 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and November 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to accommodate the absentee voting process.

Candidates who are interested in running for the office can pick up qualifying papers from the Department of Municipal at 219 S. President Street between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily starting October 12. The qualifying deadline is October 28 at 5:00 p.m.

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