Young Family Officially Endorses Wilbert Jones

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.


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  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    ok jimmie smith is trying to make a come back thru wilbert jones, i'm told that the young family put barfield in the race also, this one will be interesting. Too many democrats i believe marcy will win this one, harris?
  • by 82 on May 20, 2009 at 11:38 PM
    oh, thats the connection, jimmy smith.now im getting the whole picture now, every dollar and cent now. i will be watching this one close.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    Melanie, I CAN"T support anyone that JIMMIE SMITH is supporting! Jimmie is co-chair of Wilbert Jones campaign.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2009 at 05:42 PM
    I will support Bill Marcy really nice christian brother.Meridian needs a change.
  • by Melanie Location: Meridian on May 19, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    I will support either Wilbert Jones or Mr. Barfield. I know Roscoe Jones, he is not worthy of filling Mr. Young's shoes and John Harris...no comment.
  • by Susan Location: meridian on May 19, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    Joyce, are you a worker at Greater Meridian Health Clinic? if so have you ever had a payroll check from Greater Meridian Health Clinic to to bounce? Joyce, you seem to be close to the Young family, can you tell us the reason Charles Young Jr. nor his brother Sandi Young didn't run for Mr.Young's seat ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    joyce, those were nice comments.everyone need to support the candidate of their choice. i KNOW that you are NOT relative of mr harris.injoy your good press now, but get some tuff skin as a politician.it will be Hosana today and crucify him tomorrow. because as you said you did not desire the position,THEY asked you to run.i wish you the best. however,my choice is mr harris.he is not perfect, but he is informed and has the experience of lobbying with national and state political leaders and knowing how to deal with issues relating to government.he has served mdn well and what a good thing it would be to have someone in a local position and state position to serve us.
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    Mr. Jones seems to be the best choice. I hate to see the leadership of the house so interested in this, though. They should let the cards fall where they may without their input. The house needs a good cleaning.
  • by Joyce Harris Location: Meridian on May 15, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    Mr. Wibert Jones, you have done remarkable work for your community. You have pursued a personal and public life that honors your upbringing and the invaluable legacy of your parents. We are all a product of our environment,where and who we come from. As Representative of Distrct 82, you will inspire trust, you will have a clear purpose,you will embrace the changing times. You will embrace the leadership of our "Favorite Son", Representative Charles L. Young, who always communicated to the people their worth and potential so clarly that they were inspired to see themselves. You will have the full support of District 82. May Representative Young's legacy live forever through you and those who will follow.
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