Saturday, January 14, 2017

Walker walks away

Leroy Walker announced in the Mississippi Link that he will not run for Mayor of Jackson:

Dear Fellow Jacksonians,

This year, we will elect the next mayor of the City of Jackson. However, this election is no ordinary election. Mississippi’s Capitol City is at a critical point in its history. Our city is rapidly declining. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Our citizens don’t feel safe in their homes and communities. Our educational system is in crisis.

Meaningful and significant economic development has almost halted completely in areas that need it most, making it difficult for hardworking Jacksonians to find jobs that will enable them to provide a better quality of life for themselves and their families. While many major cities across the country are experiencing similar issues, Jackson’s problems have been compounded by what many feel is ineffective city leadership that is unwilling and unable to work with key stakeholders to address the city’s most pressing issues. Given Jackson’s current condition, many have speculated on whether I will announce my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Jackson in the upcoming election.

Over the past several months, I have been in deep prayer and intense consultation with my family, closest friends and advisers. During this time, as we studied Jackson’s issues and began to develop solutions and a path forward, one central and recurring question emerged: Would LeRoy Walker Jr. be more valuable to the City of Jackson as its mayor or as a driving force in the city’s business and philanthropic communities? I have concluded that, given the current political landscape, I am far more valuable to Jackson in an expanded capacity within its business and philanthropic communities. Hence, I will not run for Mayor of the City of Jackson. While the city’s obstacles seem insurmountable to many, I am hopeful that, with the right leadership at every level, Jackson can become a pillar of both the New South and the United States.

However, Jackson’s future does not –and cannot – rest on the shoulders of the mayor. Rather, Jackson’s future will depend on substantive relationships, partnerships and collaboration between the mayor, the city council, state and county leaders as well as the business community, the philanthropic community, the faith-based community and other city stakeholders. Going forward, I hope to assume an expanded leadership role in the business and philanthropic communities’ efforts to help Jackson surmount its obstacles and to meet the economic, educational and social needs of the larger Jackson community.

In addition, I hope to help identify, train and develop a new cadre of young, bright, principled and selfless leaders to sustain and continue the progress we will undoubtedly make in the coming years. In closing, as we elect our next mayor and other city leaders, I urge Jacksonians to cut through the rhetoric and the rumors and make educated and well-informed choices on who is most qualified and best-positioned to lead Mississippi’s Capitol City. My commitment to the City of Jackson is unwavering. The city and its people have been good to me and my family. I stand ready to partner with our next mayor to move Jackson forward!

The City of Jackson remains forever in my prayers.

Sincerely, LeRoy G. Walker Jr. Servant


Anonymous said...

Probably a good decision. It's like being selected as the new captain of the Titanic while the ship is going down.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why anyone would want to be mayor of Jackson.

Anonymous said...

who cares what happens to Jacktown? Build a big wall around it and just throw more criminals into the compound...

Anonymous said...

I read it wrong. Thought he was running. Oh, Well.

Anonymous said...

4:57. Somebody has to be there to turn off the lights when the power goes out. It's not a job for the weak.

Anonymous said...

There are reasons. Mostly green ones.

Anonymous said...

it would seem that most believe that if Jackson would just go ahead and sink that their suburbia would absolutely maintain it's greatness. I can imagine how much better suburbia would be if Jackson got on a corrective path and started to improve it's future......but alas, we seem to always cheer for ones demise

Anonymous said...


You act as if Jackson hasn't already sunk. How much worse do you expect it to get?

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing Kim Wade talking about a possible run for the Mayor's office.

While I think he would be the best candidate, I honestly hope Mr. Wade doesn't enter the race.
He would have been the ideal mayor ten or twenty years ago.

Being a pragmatic kind of guy, I think it's too late for Wade's common sense approach to work.
I hope that I'm wrong with such assessment.

I think Mr. Wade can have a greater impact on the future of Jackson in his current role as a media champion for the city, rather than actually having to put up with the civil service protection crap that saves many of the current unqualified "City of Jackson" Department Heads from termination.

Anonymous said...

Not cheering for a demise, but a forced legislative correction to obvious corruption and incompetence would be fantastic. Can you honestly say your taxes have been spent well?

Anonymous said...

Kim Waide a good candidate? Kim Waide common sense? Kim Waide having any kind of real impact? Surely you jest, Kim. You don't really think that we can't see through this self-promotion. Nice try, though. Did make for a good laugh.

Pasture full-o-houses said...

I find it pitiful the way Madison wanna-be's love to trash Jackson. Stay in your fake stucco houses and good luck if you take a wrong turn...all the houses in the pasture look alike

Anonymous said...

Much more profitable to own elected officials than to be one.

Anonymous said...

No one wants to admit Jackson's problem, as is with all urban cities. Too many mommas, too many kids, and not enough daddy's.

Anonymous said...

7:38, and all of them with their hands out.

Anonymous said...

10:49 Oh, that hurt everybody... Stay in your 'real' stucco house. Hahaha!!

Anonymous said...

I love how the Jackson residents make fun of Madison because their neighborhoods used to be cattle pastures. Most of northeast Jackson used to be a swamp. It is only a matter of time before your overpriced ghetto floods. Again.

MadCo said...

What is 'fake stucco'? Stucco is stucco. Stay out of our damned pastures up here!

Anonymous said...

They don't think our brick and concrete's any good either.

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