Hudnall Favors Having City Manager

Meridian, Miss. One of the candidates for mayor of Meridian is proposing a major change in the way city government is run.

Independent candidate Wally Hudnall is proposing a change from the strong-mayor form of government to a weak mayor/city manager form of government.

Meridian was under that government for many years, up until the mid 1980s.

Hudnall says a change back to that government of the past could mean good things for the future of the city.

"The city manager ran the city of Meridian and we were growing and prospering," said Hudnall. "And we got it changed back with Jimmy Kemp's administration, and John Robert (Smith) came along for 4 terms and now Cheri (Barry), and we haven't grown."

Hudnall also says he has received some questions about why he will not appear on Newscenter 11's On the Record program.

WTOK used that venue to showcase the mayoral candidates in the primary elections. The station is using a debate to present the candidates for mayor in the general election.

Since Hudnall is running as an independent, as is mayoral candidate Walter Patton, they were not part of the On the Record programs.

The mayoral debate is Thursday, May 30, at 8 p.m. at the Fine Arts Auditorium at Meridian Community College. It will be broadcast live on Channel 11. It's sponsored by WTOK and The Meridian Star.