The family of the late Charles Young, Sr., has officially endorsed a candidate to succeed their father in Mississippi's House District 82. Young died Apr. 29. He had held the office since first winning election in 1979.
Young's family is backing Wilbert Jones, one of five candidates vying for the seat in a special election.
At a news conference Friday, Jones was surrounded by about two dozen people, including retired educators, business leaders and members of the clergy.
Jones said running for office was not his ambition, but he was sought out to do it.
'They asked me, the Youngs," said Jones. "And my phone began to be bombarded and my e-mails began to be bombarded and people in the community were encouraging me to run. After consulting with my family, I decided not only did I owe the people who asked me, but I also owed this community for what's been given to me.'
"Ourselves, along with members of the Mississippi State Black Caucus, looked for the most credible candidate that we could find in our area and Wilbert Jones was that person that we chose," said Arthur "Sandy" Young,
son of Charles Young, Sr.
At this time, Jones says he intends to continue to serve as the executive director for Greater Meridian Health Clinic. He says the plan is to continue working in that position even if he is elected.
There are four other candidates in the race: Roscoe Jones, Robert Barfield, Bill Marcy and John C. Harris.
The special election is June 9. If a runoff is necessary, it would be held June 20.