Charles Young, Jr., qualified Monday to run for the House of Representatives from District 82. The office was held for almost 30 years by his father. Charles Young, Sr., died in 2009.
Young said he wants to continue his father's mission of providing equal opportunity for all.
"Today, I stand before you and ask you for your support," said Young at the Lauderdale County Courthouse.
Young said he has given this step a lot of thought.
'"When my father passed two years ago, I really contemplated running then. I had some conversations with some of the leadership over in Jackson and they asked that we wait until we got some legal issues behind us," Young said. " A month and a half ago, the judge exonerated me of all charges and I felt that the time is good."
The charges that Young previously faced originated in Meridian and were for felony receipt of stolen property. With that behind him, Young is proceeding with plans that have him opposing longtime family friend, Wilbert Jones, who was elected in a special election held to fill Charles Young, Sr.'s unexpired term. The family sought out Jones to run for the seat after their father's death.
Young says that he is still friends with Jones and that his running in District 82 is nothing personal, but for him, it's just time.
"Now that the opportunity has become available, it will be up to Mr. Jones' core group to make a decision whether or not to continue with the election," said Young.
In a phone interview with Rep. Jones, he told Newscenter 11 that his campaign is on track and will continue. As for Charles Young, Jr.s announcement about seeking the office, Jones said that's the beauty of living in a democratic society.
With both men seeking the seat, Young says he feels confident that his campaign will have support from Democratic leaders at the capitol.
"We have had the support of Jackson for a number of years and I think that we continue to have the support of Jackson," said Young. "I think that we are very knowledgeable of politics in Mississippi and we look forward to putting our best foot forward and doing a good job."