The municipal election for Jackson Mississippi will be held for the Democratic Party runoff on the 21st. The mayoral runoff will no doubt be decisive. I am naturally allied to the candidacy of Chokwe Lumumba due to his progressive and grassroots approach to politics. I am a Green Party voter which means I like the bottom up philosophy, the distrust of large powerful interests, and emphasis on sustainable economic foundations.
Jackson did not make the recent list of most dangerous cities like our neighbors. Yahoo Finance listed Memphis, Little Rock, Birmingham, and Atlanta, respectively, as being the fifth through the eighth most dangerous places in America. See http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-25-most-dangerous-cities-in-america.html
The 930 violent crimes (per 100k population) here in Jackson did not impress anyone. The total violent crimes here were 1620 and our population is 174,170. The insurance rating folk have taken notice though.
We had 72 forcible rapes reported (per 100k) with the national average at 26.8. Jackson had 30 murders (per 100k) which is well above the national average of 5 per 100k. The District of Columbia had 17 per 100k. Miami had 494 robberies compared to our 463 robbery ratio. Our car theft ratio was 836.
Our police force according to the FBI statistics is a total of 728 with 439 officers and 289 civilians.