Realtors Host Mayoral Candidates

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Candidates vying to be Meridian's next mayor were invited to participate in an open forum Tuesday before the Meridian Board of Realtors at Northwood Country Club.

All the candidates spoke, except for Joe Norwood, who is out of town on business, and William Bond Compton, Jr., who is a teacher and could not attend.

On the issues, candidates answered tough questions from the group about their plans for fixing city streets, assessing condemned houses in the city and improving the education system.

"The way to do that is to clean up our community," said Republican Cheri Barry. "The way to do that is to have good public school systems. The way to do that is to fix our infrastructure, our streets, our roads, our potholes, our bridges."

"There's no reason why you have, on one side of the street the beautiful Riley Center, and then from a rock's throw across the street it looks like that. That is unacceptable to the city of Meridian," said Democrat Percy Bland.

"And I also believe that the people must be involved in this process," said Democrat Casandra Sloan. "Because for so long, the people have been taken out of this."

All candidates said they will continue working on the city projects that are already in place, such city hall renovations, the Threefoot project and plans for a new police station.

This is the first local political forum of the campaign season, but others are planned. For instance, the Meridian Housing Authority is coordinating another mayor's forum for Mar. 25 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sowashee Courts Community Center on St. Luke Street off 29th Avenue.

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  • by Lamar Location: Meridian on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    Casandra Sloan is just as experienced if not more than the other canidates. She has not been vicious or negative. She knows the issues and is not afraid to speak about them.And no she does not belong to Northwood Country Club but for those that do that's there business.AS for as sounding like Rev. Jackson or Rev. Sharpton that's just a way of trying to invoke fear.Let the campaign go on and let the citizens decide on the issues that affect all of Meridian not just one segment.
  • by County Observer Location: Collinsville on Mar 11, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    I heard that Mrs. Barry and Mr. Bland belong to Northwood Country Club. Does Mrs. Sloan? If they do,then they should be ashame of themselves. People can't eat and they're joining the country club. Shame.
  • by Anonymous Location: meridian on Mar 11, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    Casandra Sloan spoke just like Rev.Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpie! What does "it is, what it is" quoted by Sloan has to do with the city of Meridian? Watch the clip.
  • by Jerry Location: Meridian, MS on Mar 11, 2009 at 06:59 AM
    Open Eyes - Do not be fooled by cheap rhetoric. Cassandra is by far the most inexperienced candidate in the field, and has been the most negative and vicious candidate by far.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2009 at 09:10 PM
    if there are the only canidates we are in trouble...
  • by Opened Eyes Location: Meridian on Mar 10, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    Today was the first time that I heard Casandra Sloan speak, she is awesome. Really knows the issues and the city. I was impressed.
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