Virgi Lindsay was the first on the Jackson City Council last week to submit qualifying papers to seek reelection as the councilwoman for Ward 7.
“This has been the most rewarding, interesting and yet difficult and challenging job over my many years of working to make Jackson a better place,” said Lindsay, whose career has included being a news reporter, public relations director and executive director of a neighborhood improvement foundation. “I consider it an amazing honor to serve the people of Ward 7 and am grateful for this opportunity.
“Four years ago, I ran for office understanding that our city was in dire financial straits,” she continued. “Despite that, I wanted to serve because I believed that I could make a difference. During my service, I have been part of an effort to strengthen the financial stability of the city.”
She was elected by her peers to serve as council president and vice president and currently chairs the following committees: Finance; Rules; and Water Sewer and Infrastructure Ad Hoc. She also has served as chair of the Legislative and Planning Committees and vice chair of the Education Committee.
“I see hope on the horizon,” she said. “We are slogging toward fixing the broken water billing system that has been the root of our financial woes since 2014. Thankfully, with the Siemens lawsuit settlement, we can focus on fixing the system.” Lindsay voted to support the Siemens lawsuit.
For the last three years, Lindsay has advocated to raise the salary of Jackson Police Department recruits, which was accomplished in 2020 by raising salaries from $26,000 to $30,000. She also has supported the development and funding of the Real Time Crime Center, which is located on the edge of Ward 7 on Museum Drive. The Real Time Crime Center is bringing policing into the 21st Century by taking advantage of technology to support our officers and investigations,” she said.
“I have worked hard to understand the tangle of complex matters our city faces so that I could make solid, informed decisions to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens,” Lindsay said. “There is much work left to be done. I am running again so that I may continue doing this work for the people of Ward 7 and to help make improvements citywide.