Top Two Face Voter Questions

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The two candidates running for mayor of Meridian faced questions from a WMOX radio audience Wednesday.

This was the first debate-style forum Democratic nominee Percy Bland and Republican nominee Cheri Barry have participated in during this election.

The pair took questions through phone calls and e-mails.

One of the callers asked both candidates what they plan to do with existing projected started by the current administration.

"My campaign from day one has been back to basics," said Barry. "I would have never gotten myself as mayor in a position to where we would have to spend between 20 and 25 million dollars on a city hall and being from Meridian we are going to be very proud of this project once it is finished if we ever get there I'm just not sure that I would have had my hand in the project at the very beginning and I would have known what kind of money we were talking about spending.

"The bottom line of it is, when we do projects, we want to make sure on our city hall buildings, on our police department, on our new fire stations, that the monies that come in for those projects are managed correctly," said Bland. "And there is accountability and oversight by not only the mayor, but by those other people who are going to play a key role in making sure we stay in line with those projects."

Several debates are tentatively scheduled before the June 2 general election. Newscenter 11 will bring you detailed information as it is finalized.

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