JACKSON—The Jackson City Council held elections for a new council president and vice president at the July 9 council meeting. Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. acknowledged the council, the mayor, the city clerk's office, his law firm and his wife for their hard work and support during his time as council president.
"I just want to say thank you to all of those people and last, but not least, thank you to all the city workers and the citizens of Jackson," he said.
Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman started the nominations off by throwing out Ward 7 Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay's name for the next city council president.
"Mr. President, it gives me honor to nominate a person that I know has a heart for this city, this school system, this council (and) city government," he said.
Ward 4 Councilman De'Keither Stamps nominated Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks.
"Back in about 1991, I met a young man at Forest Hill High School. He had moved here from Atlanta, and since that time I've seen a body of work and a maturation of a young man that deserves the opportunity to be the president of the Jackson City Council," Stamps said.
Both nominees got a chance to give a brief speech on what their future plans would be if they became president. Lindsay said she has the experience, knowledge and capabilities to unify the council and help lead the city forward. Banks promised to be more transparent and communicate more with the public.
After a 4-3 vote, Lindsay became the new city council president.
Nominations for vice president were next, and Ward 1 Councilman Ashby Foote nominated Stamps. Tillman and Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes, who phoned in for the meeting, supported his nomination.
"I appreciate the words of confidence (and) the support of confidence to be a vice president.