Bland Gets Democrat Endorsements

Democratic nominee for mayor of Meridian, Percy Bland, has received endorsements from two candidates he defeated in last week's primary.

Casandra Sloan, who came in second for the nomination, spoke publicly for Bland Monday.

Sloan made her endorsement at her former campaign headquarters downtown. She says now is the time for her supporters to join with Bland's.

"I think that it's time for us as a Democratic Party to come together," said Sloan. "And in order to do this, we must lead by example. I was his opponent in the primaries, but now that that's over and done with, we must move forward."

"I feel that this is a very defining moment in the history of this city," said Bland. "And the first thing we need to do as Democrats and as the city is unite."

Bland said he has also received the endorsement of one of his other opponents, William Compton.

Former candidate Joe Norwood has not endorsed anyone as yet.

Bland faces Republican Cheri Barry in the upcoming general election June 2.

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