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Cooper-Stokes Still the Ward 3 Rep

LaRita Stokes was elected Ward 3 councilwoman in a special election early in 2012, then had her election overturned for voting irregularities in the summer.

LaRita Stokes was elected Ward 3 councilwoman in a special election early in 2012, then had her election overturned for voting irregularities in the summer. Photo by Jacob Fuller.

— LaRita Cooper-Stokes has kept her Ward 3 city council seat after a third election and a trial. WAPT is reporting that Cooper-Stokes has taken 53 percent of a small turnout: 1,503 votes to opponent Joyce Jackson's 1,340 votes. Absentee ballots have yet to be counted.

Cooper-Stokes is the wife Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes who held the Ward 3 council seat for many years. A court overturned her win over Jackson in a previous run-off election due to voting irregularities.

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Duan 7 years, 8 months ago

Hey if the citizens of Ward 3 like it, I love it for'em - you can only get what you ask for and they like whats on the menu. Bless their hearts

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mannheim 7 years, 8 months ago

Yes, there are caucasions living peacefully and neighbourly and happily with other home-owners in this district; I have been in my location since 1977. I am appalled at the seeming lack of concern regarding this election, as demonstrated by the voting totals. Mrs. Stokes (that IS her name and the agenda is the same - get as much as I can from the poor constituents in my district while promising them the moon) will probably continue during her term, missing as meetings as she has done thus far. Please explain to me just how the re-naming of streets or portions thereof count as a highlight of accomplishments of improvement to a community or hosting an annual fish fry. Those things, among others, have been calculated events/issues aimed at the less fortunate, making believe the elected is really doing something to improve their lot. Well, "show me the money" as they say. If polled, I really doubt anyone could present evidence of actual improvements in their communities that made life for them better. I have no hope in expecting even one truly positive thing happening during her appointment. She is out there only to promote herself and to fleece the less educated and often less fortunate in Ward 3.

Just my opinion - but i bet it's shared.............

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mannheim 7 years, 8 months ago

One of the worst things to me is the shame and disgrace Kenny and his wife have placed on a city which has made real progress in racial harmony. Both seem to want to encourage the racial divide, but to their own gains. They seek only to deepen the disparity between our fellow men and women to gain somehow for themselves. As I wrote before, WHAT has any Stokes done significantly to improve the lives of the people in this precict? Wha hold does this name have on the populace here? Why do people keep electing such "blow-hards" who never produce real improvements? I wish I could have hopes from this official council-woman, but judging from her current actions and record of attendance to meetings, I feel I have no representation. There are no words to describe how dishearted I feel - not only regarding the election results described above, but the absurd voting number turnout. Don't talk to me about voter identification when people who can freely vote won't even make the effort to exercise one of the greatest gifts we have as all Americans. I'm done for now

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Duan 7 years, 8 months ago

@ Mannheim - "Both seem to want to encourage the racial divide, but to their own gains."

excellent point

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