With city leaders re-elected, does public want change?

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The day after one of the most hotly contested and expensive races in the history of Jackson, the face of city government remains the same. But political experts said that does not mean an absence of change. Philosophy professor Kristine Nakutis said voters backing the incumbents likely want change — they just trust the people already in office to make it happen. “They’ve heard what the voters are concerned about and understand the importance of following through,” Nakutis said. Nakutis said the act of campaigning for the spot as a city leader opened up the ears of the candidates to what is really important to the people they represent. Felicia Brown said she is deeply disappointed after she and her co-workers rallied around new faces in Tuesday’s election only to see the same people win in the end. “It’s like, what’s the purpose of going out there if nothing is going to even change,” Brown said. Experts said even if your candidate did not win, your voice was heard merely by how many people cast ballots for those who did not win.

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