JACKSON, miss. (WLBT) – For the first time in the city’s history, both the President and Vice President of the Jackson City Council are women.
“One of the things that I think is critical to being ready to show yourself as a woman is that we become mentors to those who come behind us. But also as a trailblazer for other women who want to do the same, ”said Council President Virgi Lindsay.
“In order for them to see women and different races of women come together to run a city, we will be a great example for young women,” said Council Vice President Angelique Lee.
Lindsay said the duo had to prove something.
“As we move on, we can show that women are extremely capable of being civic leaders and civil servants and doing a lot of meaningful work,” she said.
Lindsay and Lee met for the first time as President and Vice President on Wednesday.
“One of the most important jobs is setting up the committees, and that’s why we met today,” said Lee. “We’re just making sure we have the right chairman and vice-chairman in these positions to help move the city forward.”
Lindsay said the city’s crime and infrastructure problems were some of her biggest concerns.
“Moving the city forward and working closely with the mayor to address the city’s water, sanitation and infrastructure issues is of paramount importance to both of us,” said Lindsay.
She also said that they want to help the city recover from some of its recent setbacks.
“We had so many crises in the city in a short period of time, from a major flood to tornadoes to a pandemic and the economic devastation it caused,” said Lindsay. “So these are some of the issues we are going to focus on.”
As he pondered what this historic moment means for the city for young women seeking leadership, Lee said, “When you see it, it can be you.”
“I think the most important thing that we will bring together as a women’s team is perhaps that we unite, keep the lines of communication open and make sure that we are as integrative and transparent as possible,” said Lindsay.
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