Will Blacks in Savannah Vote on December 6?

A few of Edna Jackson’s key supporters joined her for a group photo last week in Forsyth Park.
A few of Edna Jackson’s key supporters joined her for a group photo last week in Forsyth Park.

This is not the time for Blacks to sit at home. It is time for us to go out in large numbers and vote. We must elect the next Mayor of Savannah, and Edna Jackson is clearly the best qualified candidate. She has been an outstanding member of City Council and Mayor Pro Tem for Savannah. She has always been accessible and responsive to requests from citizens, and attempts to make sure citizens understand the issues facing the City Government.

The leaders of our neighborhood associations and community organizations say that she has been attending their meetings for years and addressing their concerns. She did not just start showing up when she announced her candidacy for Mayor. She has always been there for the citizens of this community, lending her helping hand. Now, she needs our help. She is in a hotly contested race for Mayor of Savannah, and many political observers are predicting that Blacks will not bother to go to the polls to vote for her in the Runoff Election on December 6. Those who say that Blacks will not go to the polls to vote give several reasons. Some say that many Blacks do not understand the importance of the Savannah City Elections and how their lives will be impacted by them. It is also being said that Blacks do not realize that a Mayor can influence a wide range of issues from fast tracking an infrastructure project to the attitudes of police officers, city employees and other people who provide services to us each day. They also say that we will not vote on December 6th because Black community leaders, ministers and elected officials are not doing enough to encourage us to vote. Of course, there is the old adage that many individuals do not believe that they should bother to go to the polls because one vote is just not that important, even though there are numerous examples of very close elections where every vote was crucial. A good example was the November 8 Third District Savannah City Council race where less than 20 votes separated the candidates.

However, the reason given for Blacks not voting that gives us at The Savannah Tribune the most concern is the idea that Blacks in Savannah have become complacent and are satisfied with our situation, even though far too few of our young people finish high school and the unemployment rate for Blacks in Savannah is about twice the rate for the general population. We have too many problems to be content. We cannot afford voter apathy!

During the campaign, Jackson has laid out a vision for Savannah that includes job creation and labor force devel- opment, crime prevention and public safety, fiscal accountability, environmental protection, as well as infrastructure and drainage improvements. She promises to maintain open lines of communication with the citizens of Savannah and the leaders of other governmental bodies such as the Chatham County Commission, the Board of Education and surrounding municipalities. She will be a great ambassador for Savannah and enhance our reputation throughout the nation and world.

Jackson has a history of working with people from every social and economic background, as well as all ages, races and religions. Her campaign volunteers and contributors include people from every corner of Savannah. She received the highest number of votes in a crowded field of six candidates for Mayor in the November General Election because people from every community voted for her. Now, she is one of two candidates vying for the position of Mayor, and with your help, she can win.

Edna Jackson has the ideal combination of education and experience, as well as a history of community involvement. A native Savannahian, Jackson graduated from Alfred Ely Beach Senior High School. She earned her Bachelors degree at Savannah State University and the Masters degree from a joint program at Savannah State and Armstrong Atlantic State Universities. She has done additional studies at Georgia Southern University, Harvard University, and Southern University. She has been a member of City Council for the past 12 years, and has served as Mayor Pro Tem for the last 8 years.

These are trying times that cry out for visionary leadership. Edna Jackson is the woman to lead Savannah during these times. Throughout the tough campaign, she has been charismatic and unshakable. She has been positive in promoting her qualifications and her vision for Savannah. She has avoided negative campaigning or personal attacks. She has encouraged us to come together to keep Savannah moving forward. She is a strong, positive leader.

We, at The Savannah Tribune, hope that you will vote for Edna Jackson by participating in Early Voting through December 2, casting an Absentee Ballot, or by going to the polls on Tuesday, December 6, and making sure that your family members, friends and associates vote to elect Edna Jackson Mayor of Savannah. With support from all of us, she will be a great Mayor.

BY GOING TO THE POLLS IN LARGE NUMBERS, you can help us say “YES” to the question, “Will Blacks in Savannah vote on December 6?”


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