City Clerk's Office Open for Voting Saturday

The city clerk's office in Meridian will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon for people who need to vote absentee for the May 5 primary.

Registered voters may also do do next week, but city hall will be closed Monday, Apr. 26, for Confederate Memorial Day.

With the primary elections less than two weeks away, municipal candidates are also busy campaigning. Another candidate forum is set for Monday.

Thursday night, Meridian mayoral candidates appeared at forum sponsored by the Meridian-Lauderdale County NAACP.

Among the questions asked was how he or she would handle the appointment of department heads in regards to the city's demographics.

"To reflect the minorities in the city, I don't have any preferences. I'm just looking for the best people," said Compton.

"I would access each department head because my question would be, 'Why do they feel that they are the right person to be performing the job?' Then I would find out if they have a plan," said Sloan. "Not only must they have a plan they must have the means and the necessary tactics to carry out that plan.

"I'm going to be looking for the A team. I'm going to be looking for a team that has compassion, the love and care the citizens of Meridian, Mississippi, that will take care of all their basic needs and that will help me accomplish what my needs and plans are for the city,' Barry said.

'So, I will first access where we have gone in the past and what their future, what they see for our future," said Bland. "And I will access if that's a department head that will be on board through my vision and passion, as far as where I want to lead this city.'

'Personally, I'm already involved with most of the department heads and I'm aware of what they're been able to do, what they have not been able to do and what they are willing to do," said Norwood. "So, I will make sure that we put together a strategic plan and those department heads that are ready to move on will have a role in making sure that they are replaced by the most critical thinkers that we will have available to us."

The next mayoral will be Monday at 6 p.m. at The Gathering Place, Front Street, in Meridian.

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