Candidates in the Philadelphia, Miss., mayoral race are running hard for the finish line. That race will be decided in the May 5 Democratic Primary, or a runoff May 19.
The three candidates say they are all busy getting out their messages.
Incumbent Rayburn Waddell has held the position for the last 12 years. He said he is running on the platform of experience, plus he says there is plenty more work to do. Right now Waddell says he is working with two industries that could bring 150 jobs to Philadelphia.
"When I went into the mayor's office 12 years ago, it took me a while to get my feet planted," Waddell said. "Although the economy is pretty good here, a newcomer, it will take him 2 or 4 years to get his feet planted and mine already are planted. So I think I am the more qualified of the three candidates."
And despite the economy, Waddell says the city is in good financial shape. He said sales tax revenue is up $30,000 from this time last year.
Candidate Kathy C. Moore is a lifelong Philadelphia resident who spent 30 years working for Centerpoint Energy before she retired. She says the community needs a fresh face and new ideas. If elected, she plans to focus on improving the city's infrastructure and quality of life.
"There was a time you didn't have to lock your doors at night, but now you don't go to bed without locking your doors," said Moore. "And those are the things I would like to see come back to Philadelphia. And I think once we do that, the economic development will follow. The people will want to come here once we get all of this in order."
Moore has never run for political office and says she is exactly what Philadelphia needs.
Meanwhile, candidate James A. Young is out going door-to-door meeting residents and asking for votes. Young isn't new to Philadelphia politics. He served 3 terms as District 5 supervisor before he was defeated during the last election. Young said he wants to improve how the community pursues economic development projects.
"Our approach to economic development needs to be highlighted, maybe revamped, refocused," said Young. "Our approach to the community, revitalization of our area. We are a very popular city and I think we need to do as much as we can to make even a more visible appealing place to live."
Young said he is also running on experience and says his record as Neshoba County supervisor speaks for itself.
And with just three days before polls open, all three candidates say they don't plan on slowing down until the last vote is counted.
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