Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson announced her bid for re-election last Thursday at Forsyth Park while surrounded by supporters from the public and members of City Council. She indicated that although the city has progressed during her first four years as mayor, there is still work to do. Therefore, she officially announced that she is seeking a second term as mayor of the “greatest city in the world.”
Jackson said that fighting crime is her No. 1 priority for her second term. The city is moving in the right direction with the appointment of Chief Joseph Lumpkin. Mayor Jackson said the work will be better accomplished with a consolidated police department.
“We have always been for a continuation of our police department here in this community working as one — a city-county police force,” said Jackson. Meetings between City Manager Stephanie Cutter and county managers are ongoing to negotiate the terms of a new police merger agreement.
Jackson said, she’s also running on a platform of bringing jobs to Savannah and reducing the city’s poverty level.
“Even though we have seen the growth, we must continue to think about what is happening,” she said. “We have an excellent working relationship with our business community, our tourism area, the World Trade Center, and now we’re being recognized as a global community, one that has moved very quickly to get that designation.”
Mayor Jackson said attaining the goals she’s set for her second term will take a team effort of the entire city council. “My council members here are in support of my re-election, and I’m happy about that because it is not about Edna Jackson. It is about the team working together for the good of all the residents of the city of Savannah,” she said.
The municipal election will be November 3, 2015