Weighing In on the Meridian Mayoral Forum

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

"It really helped me decide who I wanted to vote for," said Meridian Resident Alexis Lee.

All eyes were on the five Meridian mayoral candidates live on air for the first time, weighing out the issues.

"We got five hundred miles of sewer that have not been replaced in close to 75-85 years," said Meridian Mayoral Republican Candidate Cheri Barry.

"We're going to hold your next mayor accountable," said Meridian Mayoral Democratic Candidate Casandra Sloan.

"We don't need to keep playing with the people with information, everyone needs to know what's going on in the streets and in our schools," said Meridian Mayoral Candidate Percy Bland.

"You got to survey your debt because we have plenty of that," said Meridian Mayoral Democratic Candidate Joe Norwood.

"I would really like to see a real nice restaurant or either a casino," said Meridian Mayoral Democratic Candidate Bill Compton.

"On some issues 'yes' and on some issues 'no', they didn't get a chance to elaborate as much as I wanted to know but it did help a lot," said Meridian Resident Alexis Lee.

With limited time, candidates tried to get in as much as they could. Panelists asked tough questions submitted by residents on various topics including how each candidate would unite the city and county leaders and squash the bickering. While it was a colorful forum some residents say they would have love to see a lively, toe to toe debate.

"They needed more time to explain themselves and they were talking over each other, cutting each other off a lot," said Lee.

Each candidate made it their business to highlight their strong points. Some say this forum didn't change their opinion of whom they would vote for, while others said it did. But what's certain is on May 5th, one of these candidates will be Meridian's next mayor.

"This is maybe one of the most important decisions the citizens of Meridian will make in a long time," said McClure.

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  • by S. Location: Meridian on Apr 16, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    "So many people at the Meridian Star are in the tank for Percy Bland it's not even funny. Don't believe me? Ask and they will PROUDLY tell you they are." I am so wondering what documentation you hae that supports your claim against the Star; and with that being said, should their preference be held against Mr. Bland? I think not. I believe that Mr. Bland will incorporate opinions and needs from the entire city and not just portions. This is very important because the city seems pretty divided. We can't keep improving SECTIONS of Meridian and think that the entire city will prosper. That simply will not happen. Mr. Bland has an encompassing vision and that is what we need.
  • by Beth Location: Meridian on Apr 15, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    I was very impressed with the manner in which WTOK conducted the forum last night. Four of the candidates were able to articulate their vision for Meridian's future. Percy Bland has a great disposition for mayor and I believe he has the right attitude and temperament to cross party lines and work with everyone. We can't continue to talk about Meridian's glorious past because we can never go back there-nor should we want to. Our next mayor should have a new vision for this city and be a bridge-builder.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    I would just like to say thank you to WTOK for covering this race in a most unbiased manner. So many people at the Meridian Star are in the tank for Percy Bland it's not even funny. Don't believe me? Ask and they will PROUDLY tell you they are.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Apr 15, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    Is William Compton an idiot or what? Someone needs to clue him in on the gaming laws of our "STATE". Cities can't decide for themselves if they want a casino or not. Last time I checked, Paul Broadhead was no Indian Chief....he may think he was. The old mall can not be turned into a casino! I also don't think Sowashee creek qualifies as a large enough body of water (ocean or river) for dockside gaming. Every question this guy answered was backwoods. Could you just see the jokes coming down if Meridian elected this idiot? It is sad that he is an educator in our public schools. No wonder they are in the shape they are in. If I was running for mayor, and I'm not, I would advise the school board to send this fruit back to Woodstock.
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