Smith Schedules News Conference

Meridian's mayor has called a news conference for Tuesday to announce his intentions for this year's municipal elections.

Mayor John Robert Smith, a Republican, is currently serving his fourth term in office. Before that he served a term as city councilman for Ward 5.

The news conference will be Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. at the second floor observation deck at Union Station.

Others have already declared their candidacy: Republicans Cheri Barry and Bill Marcy; Democrats, Percy Bland and Casandra Sloan.

The qualifying deadline for candidates is Mar. 6. The primary election is May 5. The general elections is June 2.

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  • by Pam Location: Meridian, MS on Feb 7, 2009 at 04:14 AM
    Gary - I hope you're right! The only drawback - we're stuck with the 3 foot project (which we all know will fail) and he wont' be around to take the fall...although that's probably why he's getting out while the getting is good......
  • by Joseph Location: Meridian on Feb 6, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    While we have not always agreed with the mayor, he has done some good for our community. I wish him the best in all of his future endeavors, as long as those do not include running for mayor.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    color me dumb - I did not know the US DOT had lobbyist on their payroll
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2009 at 06:16 PM
    I hope the next mayor leaves the police alone...
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    Gary, that is great news! Oh, wait, we are stuck with the Threefoot. Maybe JRS can say that was his stimulus package for Meridian. He needs to go, and the farther away the better!
  • by Gary Location: Meridian on Feb 6, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    John Robert has accepted a job as a lobbyist for the US Dept of Transportation. Hate to spoil the surprise, but you all are going to have to find a new person to hate.
  • by Alert Voter Location: Meridian, MS on Feb 6, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    Here's how it's gonna go: We'll hear a rundown of all HIS accomplishments and we'll hear how continuity is imperative in these dire economic times and then while clinging to his grandson for the umpteenth time he will announce he's running. If you thought he would go quietly you're dead wrong. Cherish your vote and use it when the time comes.
  • by Joan Location: Meridian on Feb 6, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    Is he paying to rent Unuon Station out of his pocket? Anytime I've wanted to use space there it has cost a premium. I guess he's going to tell us that Union Station is just one of the many projects that would have never happened had it not been for him.... Anyone else tired of him?
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Feb 6, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    Take it to the house! We need change in Meridian and not from this guy. Go back to your boyhood home that has seen 4 generations raised there. Who cares! Your time has come.
  • by Overtaxed Location: Eagle Pointe on Feb 6, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    John Robert annexed his defeat.
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