It seems most likely that Frank Melton will be the next mayor of Jackson.
The former TV station executive and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics director soundly defeated two-term incumbent Harvey Johnson Jr. in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Republican Rick Whitlow is expected to wage a spirited campaign for City Hall, but at this point the Melton machine looks unstoppable. In choosing Melton over Johnson by a wide margin, primary voters sent the message that they’re ready for a change in leadership.
While momentum has been building in Jackson, particularly in the downtown area with new investment and development, significant problems remain throughout the city: crime, infrastructure and quality of life issues must be resolved.
As dynamic as Frank Melton has been in his previous endeavors and on the campaign trail, doubts about his ability to govern linger. He has set the bar high for getting results. Citizens, and the business community, will be watching.