Recent political elections propel Jackson State University alums to leadership positions

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Several Jackson State University alums have reason to celebrate after winning their campaigns for political seats throughout Mississippi on June 8.

  • Melanie Townsend-Blackmon was elected mayor of Drew, Mississippi.
  • Brian Grizzell was elected to the Jackson City Council, replacing outgoing councilman De’Keither Stamps’ seat. Grizzell will oversee the Highway 80 corridor, which has suffered from neglect due to economic decline over the years.
  • LeKentric Caston, an independent, was elected mayor of Edwards, Mississippi, replacing the incumbent Marcus Wallace.
  • LaShasa Griffin was elected alderman of Jonestown, Mississippi.
  • Dr. Roshunda Harris-Allen was elected alderman-at-large in Byram, Mississippi, making her the first African-American woman to serve in this capacity. Harris-Allen received 59 percent of the votes, overtaking Republican Richard Cook.