Jackson Council Member Carl Breeding Dies at 80

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JACKSON - Carl Breeding, a serving council member of the Jackson City Council, has died. Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin's office says Breeding died Monday morning. Breeding served as council member for Jackson's First Ward since 1997. He was 80 years old. Jackson County Commissioner Gail W. Mahoney says Breeding died of a heart attack brought on by an illness he had been struggling with for about a month.

"He was a mentor and a friend. I called him Dad," said Mahoney, who added that she had known Carl Breeding practically her entire life. Mahoney says he was well respected among his colleagues and in the community. His work with the NAACP was his passion. He served as the Michigan NAACP president for 30 years, retiring from that position in 2008.

As a council member, Mahoney says Breeding pushed for improvements to the downtown business atmosphere, city parks, and housing those of moderate income.

Before becoming a city council member, Breeding taught math in the Jackson school district for 30 years.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.

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