Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Council appoints successor, sets special election.

Sorry, not trying to be tasteless but I am literally getting bombarded with questions on succession. Here is the law on mayoral succession: 



MS Code § 21-8-19 (2013)
Whenever the mayor shall be prevented by absence from the municipality, disability or other cause from attending to the duties of his office, the mayor shall appoint a member of the council to assume the duties of the mayor. However, any acting mayor so appointed shall retain his right to vote in the council. Whenever the mayor shall have been unable to attend to the duties of his office for a period of sixty (60) consecutive days for any of the above stated reasons, or whenever the mayor shall be incapable of making such appointment, an acting mayor shall be appointed by the council from among its members and said acting mayor shall succeed to all the rights, powers and duties of the mayor or the then acting mayor. Such acting mayor shall serve until the mayor returns to office or until a new mayor has been elected to fill the unexpired term of the original mayor. A new mayor shall be elected at a special election to be called and held as provided by law for the holding of municipal elections; provided that the acting mayor shall complete the term of the original mayor if a general municipal election is to be held within six (6) months of the determination of the council hereinafter provided for in this section. Prior to the calling of a special election pursuant to this section, the council, by a two-thirds ( 2/3) vote of all members of the council, shall make a determination that the mayor is incapable of completing his term of office. In the event of the death of the mayor the council shall appoint an acting mayor as provided in this section to serve until a successor is elected. Within thirty (30) days of the mayor's death the council shall call a special election as provided in this section to elect his successor; provided that the acting mayor shall complete the term of the original mayor if a general municipal election is to be held within six (6) months of the death of the original mayor.

36 comments:

sincy said...

Good job Kingfish! Thanks for being on top of everything.
I hope the good people of Jackson realize this is a make or break occasion for the future of Jackson!!!

Anonymous said...

So was the last one, and the one before that....

Anonymous said...

Will the fat supervisor decide to go for broke and try to be mayor
. Could be either of the Stokes...

Anonymous said...

Is this comment fact?

Comment posted on this JJ post: Monday, July 22, 2013 Lumumba withdraws from case for health reasons. (Updated) Updated with response from Mayor

Anonymous said...

Very interesting revelation Kingfish in light of the power play that changed the interim Mayor succession path from the overly ambitious Yarber to Tillman.
July 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Anonymous said...

Isn't is obvious 7:16 PM?

Anonymous said...

I know Tillman is now the acting mayor, that is obvious, but is that because something was changed? I don't remember seeing anything about the succession ordinance being changed.

Anonymous said...

Knowing he was terminal Bennie took Yarber out of the loop so that he wouldn't have any perceived advantage as acting Mayor prior to an election to replace Chokwe.

Bennie knew the diagnosis but no one could predict the timing.

Anonymous said...

2/25/2014@8:37pm is spot on. Bennie knew and did nothing or was unable to. Either way, incompetence abounds.

Anonymous said...

What exactly is Bennie's connection to the former mayor?

Anonymous said...

RIP WILLIAM SKINNER

Anonymous said...

How much $$$$$ will the C.O.J. blow on a MUSLIM funeral? Will the C.O.J. fly in Farrakahn to deliver the eulogy?

Anonymous said...

Who are the top candidates now? Larita, Melvin Jr, Lee, and Robert Smith?

Anonymous said...

+1 9:38, I played baseball with Mike and Bill on Flowers Drive. Mr Skinner used to come to all the practices and offer encouragement. RIP Mr Skinner.

Anonymous said...

Will there be a runoff in the event no candidate receives a majority in the special election? Your tact and respect are commended, thanks for helping navigate a difficulty time.

Anonymous said...

Again, what is Bennie's connection to the former mayor? We've had numerous mayors since Bennie was elected to Congress but why the special connection and deep friendship to this one?
Anyone connected the dots yet?

Yes, AT said...

Bennie certainly does not have enough sense to plot out anything past one step, much less two or three dots to be connected in the future. He's hardly able to keep up with which island retreat he's to meet Rangel at.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking it has to be Jonathan Lee. Mayor of Jackson, from Rankin County

Anonymous said...

At 8:45.....We could only hope and Rankin County is a lot closer than Detroit.

Anonymous said...

At 8:45....We can only hope. Rankin County is much closer and better than Detroit.

Anonymous said...

10:33 - special election to be held in accordance with all other election laws. If the special election is held without party primaries, there will be a runoff if no one receives a majority (50.001%). If there are party primaries for the special election (i.e. the recent supervisor elections) then there is a runoff for the primary, but not a runoff for the general election.

Anonymous said...

Strange how so many say RIP Mr. Mayor from one side of their mouth while on the other they are so disrespectful of this man's family with their bashing of him. I guess that is the way it is. No time for grieving because the blood is in the water and the sharks are circling.

Anonymous said...

Why is no one speculating on Ms Quinn? Do her ties to Lumumba take her our of consideration? Maybe she is not interested in running again.

Anonymous said...

Jonathan should step in now. He will be good for the city, the things the Mayor did were ideas suggested by him during his campaign.

Anonymous said...

11:40; two questions for ya:

1) How do you know that people are talking out of both sides of their mouths?

2) Are you of the opinion that the family is huddled up somewhere reading this blog.

3) Bonus Question ~ Is your drama natural or purposefully induced?

Anonymous said...

I would wager a bet that his son will be brought in as a candidate. The old case of a spouse or sibling, etc. stepping in to fulfill the deceased political position.

Anonymous said...

Bingo 1:43.

Anonymous said...

12:03 Your answers

1. I can read and comprehend. You should try it.

2. I am sure they are not but who knows and what if they are?

3. Bonus answer: Quite purposeful

Anonymous said...

1:43pm I would support Chokwe Jr. but it appears the apple fell and rolled down the hill far from the tree. He cares very little for politics. He would be an excellent Mayor in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

12:22

Bennie was VERY involved in the last campaign, using his network and connections to get the word out that Lee was an Uncle Tom and that Chokwe was the right choice. His network got out the vote and got Lumumba elected.

As to why? I don't know. Maybe he identified with Lumumba more than any other candidate, or maybe he just really didn't like Lee (or more specifically, the people who supported Lee).

Anonymous said...

gads, just take me back to the good old days! PLEASE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

1:43, the stupidity of the handlers is not the question. The stupidity of the voters IS.

Anonymous said...

KF who are you hearing as realistic candidates.

Anonymous said...

Jackson voters are sheep Stokes might win that spot because it's more idiots in Jackson than sensible people.

Anonymous said...

Jonathan Lee is in. Regina Quinn is in. Melvin Priester (the city councilman) is in. Yarber is out. Horne is thinking about it.

Bennie's crowd is backing Priester. Tyrone Lewis is backing Lee. Chokwe's crowd is backing Quinn. Alcoholics are backing Horne.

Anonymous said...

What about Pickering? Is he running?

Anonymous said...

What the hell? The past Twenty years have shown us it really makes no difference who the mayor of Jackson is. The only significant change is 'who is running the city hall employment office'.

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