GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A longtime Mississippi state senator shouldn’t be searching for reelection to the opposite workplace he holds.
David Jordan, a Democrat, has been on the Greenwood Metropolis Council 36 years. He initially filed to hunt one other time period this 12 months, however he withdrew from the race shortly earlier than the Feb. 5 qualifying deadline.
“I’ve loved the experience for 36 years,” Jordan mentioned. “It has been difficult, however I’ve loved each second of it.″
The Greenwood Commonwealth reported that Jordan’s motion left just one candidate within the Ward 6 council race — Democrat Dorothy Glenn.
Glenn, 63, represented Ward 5 on the council from 2013 till November 2014, when the Mississippi Supreme Courtroom upheld a decrease courtroom’s ruling that she was not a resident of Ward 5 and compelled her off.
Jordan, 87, stays within the state Senate, the place he has served since 1993. Mississippi legislation permits folks to serve in two workplaces on the similar time, so long as they’re in the identical department of presidency. Town council and the state Senate are each within the legislative department.
Jordan was one of many first Black council members in Greenwood when he was elected in 1985.
He and the Greenwood Voters League, a company he based in 1966, paved the way in which for Black illustration within the majority-Black metropolis by preventing to alter Greenwood’s type of authorities.
Earlier than 1985, Greenwood had a mayor and two commissioners elected at-large. The Voters League argued a mayor-council authorities could be extra consultant.
The League collected signatures to pressure a referendum on the difficulty, however a majority of residents voted in 1977 to stay with the mayor-commissioner format.
The Voters League sued the town that 12 months, searching for a change to a mayor-council system, with a view to have Black illustration. By 1985, Greenwood’s type of authorities had modified.
Social gathering primaries for the municipal election are April 6, and the overall election is June 8.
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