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Local Pastor group endorses Rev. James Perkins Jr. for Selma Mayor

A group of Pastors in Selma and Dallas County is endorsing Rev. James Perkins Jr. for a third term as Selma Mayor.

The Christian Clergy in Action Ministry Alliance of Selma/Dallas County made their announcement over the weekend ahead of Tuesday’s runoff between Perkins and Selma City Councilwoman Miah Jackson. Perkins and Jackson met with the group in a Zoom meeting last week and discussed their platforms.

“After the Alliance met with both candidates, we felt that Selma needs a person with experience at this pivotal time in our city,” Christian Clergy President and Pastor Jonathan Shanks said. “With Perkins being the former mayor has a proven success record, he would make the best person to fill the position as Mayor of Selma.”

Shanks said the members unanimously voted to endorse Perkins, the first African-American Mayor of Selma. Perkins served two terms from 2000 to 2008.

Christian Clergy members include: Shanks, Pastor F.D. Jackson-Vice President, Pastor Wil Jackson, Pastor Labaron Thomas, Pastor Maurice Harris, Pastor Arnold A. Garrett, Pastor Karl Lewis, Pastor Ed Bonner, Pastor Robert Childers, Pastor Marvin Thomas, Pastor James Mitchell, Pastor Ed Campbell, Rev. Dr. Lee Lawson, Pastor David Perry, Bishop Reginald Wells, Pastor Curtis Jackson, Pastor Gary Crum, Rev. John Lumpkin, Rev. Nathanial Young.