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.