Virgi Lindsay’s Rookie Year and Cautious Optimism

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Virgi Lindsay's Belhaven home sits atop a hilled driveway. Inside, it feels like a boutique hotel lobby with large, esteemed coffee-table books such as Frank Lloyd Wright's "Inside and Out," the "Encyclopedia of Southern Culture," and one about the artist Henri Matisse's radical years.

During an interview in her living room on July 2, Lindsay reflected on her first year as councilwoman for Ward 7, and what she hopes for the City in the future. The next day, her colleagues elected her to serve as vice president of the council.

While answering questions, Lindsay chews over the best way to say things, as any journalist would when on the other side of the tape recorder. When she came to Jackson in the 1980s, she worked as a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger. She later served as public relations director for Jackson Public Schools, the executive director of Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation, and as a member of the board of directors for the Jackson Zoo. She also helped found the Mississippi Farmers Market that grew out of the open-air Greater Belhaven Market.

Over the last year, Lindsay, 61, has been outspoken about how the City manages its fund balance, Jackson Public Schools, libraries and the zoo. Shedding her rookie title, she looks forward to this budget season and improving not only infrastructure, but also quality of life in the City she's called home for nearly four decades.

How was your first year on council?

You know, I think this has been one of the most interesting years of my life, and that's saying something because I've done some interesting things. There's been a newness at the City level, some excitement about what could be. But there have certainly been challenges, I mean breathtaking challenges with schools, the infrastructure and the state of the financial bottom line of the

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