Monday, March 10, 2014

It's official: Yarber rolls the dice.

The Tony Yarber for Mayor campaign just issued the following press release:

Councilman Tony Yarber Announces His Candidacy for Mayor of Jackson Yarber is prepared to lead Jackson, from day one

For immediate release:  March  10, 2014

Councilman Tony Yarber will officially announce his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Jackson tomorrow at 9:00 am, on the steps of City Hall . Councilman Yarber is prepared to lead Jackson as a two-term councilman and experienced administrator.  Mr. Yarber said "It is time for Jackson to become a great place for work, recreation, rest and raising a family."

Yarber's three-point plan includes:

- Continued infrastructure improvements, with Jacksonians tracking the progress as streets are repaved and pipes are repaired.

- A plan to reduce crime by working, from the "street" level, in partnership with businesses and communities.

- Support for new and existing businesses, with a creative, incentive-based approach to economic development.

With knowledge, experience, and a passion for progress, Tony Yarber will work, from day one, to make Jackson a place of which we all can boast.  Yarber is married, with three children, and is a native of Jackson.

Pamela Confer


Anonymous said...

The first two items look they were torn out of the Jonathan Lee play book. Lee touted a 72 hour street repair program, where citizens could track the progress online and he also talked about putting more officers on beat patrol to be more present to businesses and citizens and enhance street level policing.

Wasn't enough to get Lee over the finish line, but maybe it'll work for Yarber.

Anonymous said...

B F D. Who?

Anonymous said...

Does he still sport a Mohawk. I saw him a few weeks ago with a friggin Mohawk. Like dude. Grow up!

Anonymous said...

Yarber is going to do much better than Johnson. The city is shrinking due to his lack of vision and missed opportunities. We wasted a decade on annexation, local political machine building, and downtown fantasies before basic infrastructure actions were judicially ordered. I hope Yarber can hang that failure on the previous generation.

Anonymous said...

Who is BooBoo going to support?

Anonymous said...

What has Yarber done on the council?

Anonymous said...

Unless retained, the current Police Chief will serve the shortest amount of time in the role of all the sixty people who have been chief over the past twenty years. Can you believe Johnson was first elected TWENTY years ago? Think of the potholes that could be repaired if we didn't have to keep buying all those silver stars for dress shirts.

Anonymous said...

Yarber comes straight out of the failing public school system. Yarber needs an authentic vision to match young Lumumba's. The sitting city council have no ideology or vision that is superior to the previous generation of black elected officials. The Johnson model is to farm the underclass who are captured in failing school, welfare, gang, and corrections systems. Successful politicians and professionals here milk the city contractors without any broad social improvement in the people. How is Yarber any different? I say "free the land!" and teach the poor to farm it.

Anonymous said...

And you can bet your dashiki that all current city employees will be supporting Junior, assuming he would leave daddy's people in place.

Anonymous said...

How many city employees are we actually talking about that their jobs ride on Antar winning? It can't be that many. 90% of city employees have their jobs regardless of who the Mayor is. Secondly, what percentage of the 10% (a guess) of appointed employees even live in Jackson?

Anonymous said...

I know Tony and he is devout in his faith and family. He is a "real" minister and He has attempted to cross racial lines in religious circles to bring faith based support to the inner city through both churches and businesses. I do hope he wins because maybe that will be start of a less divisive city government. Maybe there can be hope to end this increasing divide. I do worry though that he may be too "good" because it is easier for people to embrace hate than to embrace someone who is trying to mend the fences.

Anonymous said...

I met Mr. Yarber while I was in high school. He is one of the most dynmaic speakers and inspirational leaders that ever came and shared with us. When he went on the council, I remember thinking what a great asset he would be to such a despondent city. I also assumed that would be the first rung of an upwardly mobile ladder for him.

My only gripe is that he didn't wait and run against Bennie...

Lanier Bulldog said...

Yarber is dedicated and capable. He has his own style and voice. If he unseats the Lumumba team, I will be impressed. He can continue the progress Lumumba started, but he must adopt their message to a degree, it seems. The political class must be effective and doers to really inspire trust. 'If you don't really love the people you will betray them' as Lumumba would say.

Anonymous said...

Yarber is quickly becoming the most rational (only) choice.

Anonymous said...

We can give Yarber credit for several things. First let's start with the order that was restored to our City Council.Jackson was a mockery. Yarber's leadership, and ability to be firm and level-headed help to keep the issues relevant. Alignment Jackson was created to help broaden the horizon for OUR school system. Frankly, I'm appreciative for someone OF
the people creating opportunities for improvement. Yarber is the only candidate that has proven experience and leadership to move Jackson in the right direction. No more rhetoric. He is the fresh face that Jackson needs.

Anonymous said...

I think a lot of the people who voted in Chokwe were more voting against Lee than for Chokwe. That will not be an option now so I hope and think those folks would rather vote for Yarber than for Junior Lubum, who has absolutely zero qualifications, by the way.

Anonymous said...

yarber will be a good mayor. other than harvey (who basically moved to madison upon losing last time) yarber has the most experience in jackson city govt(unless barrett-simon runs -which would be foolish)

yarber is rational and speaks intelligently about issues and how to solve problems. he would be the most transparent of all the candidates.

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