Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Monday, saying she will push for issues important to urban centers, including smaller cities like Jackson.
“Hillary Clinton knows how to make it happen,” Yarber said in a statement. “As President, she will give special and needed attention to cities, particularly minority-led cities, and the issues that plague us.’’
His endorsement follows Clinton’s recent comments expressing concern over high lead levels recently reported in Jackson’s water.
Yarber and some other black elected officials, mostly from the South, were on a conference call with Clinton earlier Monday.
Yarber said in an interview he’s encouraged by the level of engagement by Clinton’s team about “policy initiatives that we think should be in place to make sure that cities like ours can compete, make sure cities like ours are viable and that we don’t get lost in the shuffle in terms of conversations about infrastructure investments, quality-of-life issues.’’
He said it’s important that Democratic cities in red states get fair treatment.
Other high-profile Mississippi Democrats, including Rep. Bennie Thompson, top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, also have endorsed the former secretary of state.