Young Claims Victory in Philadelphia

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email
The Philadelphia mayoral race is close, with a 41-vote difference between Democrats James Young and Rayburn Waddell. That total does not include 44 affidavit ballots.

James Young

The Philadelphia mayoral race is close, with a 41-vote difference between Democrats James Young and Rayburn Waddell. That total does not include 44 affidavit ballots. The results have not yet been certified.

Young, an African-American, leads 3-term incumbent Waddell, and Young has claimed the victory. If he's certified the winner, Young would be the first black elected mayor of Philadelphia. He says the town may look the same, but change is here.

"We have had some dark history, but it proves there are a lot of minds that are changing," said Young.

The former Neshoba County supervisor said he believes he received the number of votes he did, not because of the color of his skin, but because of his experience and integrity. But he says if his election is going to change how many Americans perceive Philadelphia, he is happy to do that in the process.

'Locally, I think people acknowledge that they chose the right man," said Young. "Nationally they may make whatever they want to but that dark cloud of old backwoods thinking is being defeated."

And many Philadelphia residents say this is the kind of change and future they want, especially the residents who grew up during the difficult civil rights struggles. They say they hope Young's election will send a strong message across the country.

"That times have really changed," said resident Johnnie Fox. "We have come a long way and we are going to go even further."

And regardless of age or race, the promise of unity and a new direction appears to have hit a chord in the community.

"I thought, my god, how could this have happened? But you know, it is time for a change," said Neshoba County resident Yvette Steele.

"Mississippi has had diversity for a long time now," said business owner Billy Todd. "And now that Philadelphia does we are just joining the rest of the state and I think it is great."

The next mayor will take office July 6.


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  • by Stella Location: Georgia on May 23, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    Congratulations to Mayor James Young. I wish you & Mississippi the best.
  • by enough on May 22, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    This one on one chat is irrelevant between mm & carl. Im not even sure if its about god. The truth of the matter is a new mayor has been elected in the city of phila. Now we must all hold him accountable for what he has promised. Phila has a long way & has a long way to go! new jobs, & business is what's needed in phila. and the city has spoken! So for once can "Our fair city" pull together? the tracks should not seperate us, our schools, or our children. We are all in the same boat just common folk from phila, ms with differnt skin tones!
  • by mm Location: Neshoba on May 22, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    Carl, apparently, you can't read either. I did not make a statement about your grammer, so why respond to me?? Seems you just like to be heard. I live in Phila. and have never seen the honorable waddell picking up any garbage on the streets. Although his taxpayer SUV could probably haul several bags.
  • by Anonymous Location: Union (NESHOBA) on May 22, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    PHilly citizen IT doesn't matter about my grammar it's all about MR.YOUNG GRAMMAR!! YOU MIGHT AS WELL GET OVER IT HE'S OUR MAYOR NOW! JUST LIKE OBAMA OUR PRESIDENT! Type all the negatives comments you want and voice your opinion because this is a free country and IT'S still not going to change anything Mr. Young is the mayor so you have a BLESSED DAY AND GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO I !!
  • by CARL Location: PHILLY on May 22, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    YOUR RIGHT MM, I CAN,T SPELL VERY WELL.I HAD TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL IN JR. HIGH TO GET A GOB. BUT THATS OK I HAVE MADE THE BEST OF IT.I DON'T GET HAND OUTS TO SUPORT MY FAIMLY, BECAUSE I WORK. THATS WHY YOU CRY BABBIES GET ON MY NERVS.GET OVER IT PLEASE. GOD PLEASE HELP US TO SEE PAST OUR RACE.AND JUST SPEAK THE TRURH. GOD BLESS YOU.
  • by philly citizen on May 21, 2009 at 08:50 PM
    When you AWAKES in the morning you need to go study your grammar....
  • by XYZ Location: Philadelphia on May 21, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    The result of this election is an outrage! That bluegum was elected because of some lowlife race traitors betrayed their birthright.
  • by Anonymous Location: Phila on May 21, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    I know Mr. Young personally and he is a wonerful person. I know from a personal experience with Mr. Wadell that he would tell you one thing to your face and then turn around and do the total opposite. It was time for a change and I feel like this is what Philadelphia needed.
  • by Anonymous Location: Union on May 21, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    Carl for one thing you need to go back to school apparently you cannot spell!! I don't have to know the man seems to me the people in philly thought he was rhe right man and that's all it matters. it's all about a change. So mm knows Mr. Young we don't always get what we want in life. so carl may the lord continue to bless you because he blesses me every morning when i awakes.
  • by Female Location: Meridian on May 21, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    Think that this is a wonderful accomplishment for your city and Mississippi as well. A dark cloud has been over our state for many years. Mississippi is my home and I love this state. I want every race to come together as a people and grow! Education and Obesity or at the top of my list for starters! Education can improve life in so many ways from health to financial growth! God Bless Mississippi and God Bless America! YOU HAVE MY BLESSING MR. YOUNG! STAY ON TOP OF THINGS!
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