The democratic nominee for transportation commissioner of the Central District visited Meridian Wednesday.
W.C. Alderman of Raymond says maintaining roadways and bridges will be his top priority if elected.
The democrat added that he believes the state department of transportation has been wasting tax dollars in its trust fund.
"This money needs to be funneled back into your cities and to your counties to fix their roads and streets," said Alderman, "because that's what the taxes are collected for, to fix roads and streets."
Alderman, a civil engineer for 27 years, has also served as a county supervisor in Hinds County.
Alderman faces incumbent Dick Hall, a republican; independent Hardy Caraway; and reform party candidate Jimmy Loper in the general election in November.