Mayoral Candidates on Campaign Trail

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The two remaining candidates for mayor of Meridian, Republican Cheri Barry and Democrat Percy Bland were on the campaign trail together again Thursday, hitting on some common themes.

One is fiscal responsibility. Both say they want to change spending priorities at city hall. The candidates are focusing on accountability. However, they have their own ideas of how to make that happen.

Barry said, if elected, she plans to dig into the city's finances, while trimming fat and making changes along with way if necessary. One of her slogans is 'getting back to basics'.

"From day one my campaign has been a strong campaign and strong foundation on taking back the basic services to the people, so I am excited about the opportunity to look at the budget, scrutinize it, and look for ways to save the people tax payers dollars, but continue to give them the best possible services that we can," Barry said.

Bland said he's happy to learn from the current administration that the city budget looks strong. He said his fiscal policy will be a mixture of spending wisely and spending in the right places.

"Bottom line, with the day to day is to surround yourself with very good people in those department head positions, to make sure they share the same vision as their new leader will share and to let them manage the day to day of their departments," said Bland. "But the bigger vision of the city will be that of the mayor."

Barry says one of her priorities will be making sure the residents voices are heard. She plans to put in place a call line where residents can report complaints or concerns or policies with which they are pleased or not.

Bland says the key is transparency. He said he believes if voters are fully aware of his goals for the office, then accountability will be a natural part of city business.

Both candidates are making campaign stops daily, hoping what they are saying is what voters want to hear.

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  • by Voter Location: Meridian on May 16, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Meridian beware of Percy Bland he committed voter fraud. He was living in Marion and voting from a Meridian address that was occupied by a a tenant of his. This tenant paid all of the utilities of that property and the utilities were in the tenants name. He likes to say that he had two houses that he was living in at the same time this is a bold face lie the address he was voting from he owned but it was occupied by a tenant. Meridian how many people live in the county and own rental property in the city that is tenant occupied? Is it okay for them to vote in the city using a rental property address that occupied by a tenant? How many people live in the county and own a business or work in the city? Too many to name if the rules apply to them then they apply to Mr. Bland. Notice how he never wants to talk about it . The question should be posed how did you vote from an address that was not occupied by you but was occupied by your tenant? That is flat out wrong and a crime period!
  • by gloria Location: ms on May 15, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    Iwould like to know why Cheri Berry thinks she can handle the mayors office when she made one h--- of a mess out of the funds that were to help the people who lost every thing they had in Katrina the ones that lived in Clarke countyms. so meridian Be Ware!!!!!
  • by phanicia Location: meridian on May 14, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    i believe percy bland will be a fair and honesty man i have all my faith in him because i know what he can do because percy is my kind of man and not just saying this i know it he been my insurance man for 4 years and theirs been times i have been to him and he take up quality time with me just to answer my questions and i love him for that percy you have my vote 100 percent.
  • by Joe Public Location: North Meridian on May 14, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    When will Meridian wake up and take their city back from the lawyers that run the city?
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