Meridian Mayoral Candidates Prepare For Debate

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Meridian's mayoral candidates were out getting ready for Tuesday night's debate on this Memorial Day.

Cheri Barry and Percy Bland started their Memorial Day at the service at the Lauderdale County Courthouse.

Of the service, Cheri Barry said, "Today is a very special day, Memorial Day, for us to honor our veterans and our service men and women. I'm so glad to be a part of this because of our Veterans Resource Facility that this community has established in honor of our veterans. Thank you, veterans, for your service."

Percy Bland said, "Awesome Memorial Day service to honor those who have given their lives and their heart to serve this country. There's nothing like it, and it was a very exciting day in there. A lot of people attended today, and that was great. Excellent!"

The rest of their Memorial Day was spent knocking on doors. They are preparing for the debate that will air right on WTOK-TV Tuesday at 7 p.m. They both say they trying to learn what concerns the community has so they can prepare and plan to deal with those issues after the race.

"Just going back over everything we've already discussed in discussions and in forums," said Bland, the Democratic nominee. "We've had seven or eight forums. A lot of the issues we have discussed, but I want to let the people know that we are ready to address the real issues of this city, and I'm ready to be that leader to address those issues."

"I'm doing the same thing that I've done every day since the day I announced to be the next mayor of Meridian, and that is walking the streets. I'm finding out what the citizens of this community, what their wants are, what their needs are, their concerns, and their issues," said Barry, the Republican nominee. "Those will be the first things we address when I am mayor."

Tune in to WTOK-TV, Channel 11, for the debate Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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  • by Bernice Martin Location: Lauderdale on May 26, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    To both candidates, I would like to know how each would deal with Marion,Ms and its mayor with the ongoing sewage bill that Marion is trying to pay Meridian every since January 2009, but Meridian will not except, because of a dispute in the payment.
  • by Been there Location: Meridian on May 26, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    Boy do I wish we could get some "good" folks to run for office. I'm tired of hearing people say what they think we want to hear instead of just being honest.
  • by AMY Location: MERIDIAN on May 26, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    To Mrs. Barry, i would like to know which law firm you haved placed in consideration to handle the legal affairs of the city of Meridian? Since you have stated that effective July 2,2009 Bourdeaux and Jones will no longer be representing the city of Meridian.
  • by john Location: meridian,ms. on May 26, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    Mr, Percy Bland we as meridian citizen are very concern about the the safety in our city schools and our community. How will you deal with the kids that carries on such behaviors that interfers with other kids trying to get an honest education.
  • by john Location: meridian,ms. on May 26, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    mrs. cheri berry i have been folling this mayor race real closely. Just like i been watching your ads on television. can you please tell me why are you running a ad of sewers, run down buildings. The last time i check, these areas you are showing on your tv ad. I thought Mayor John Roberts already have a work order already in place?
  • by Doctor Location: Meridian on May 26, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    To Mrs. Barry... Your husband, or his law firm, are significantly involved in the administration of Rush Hospital. What will you do to insure the other fine hospitals of the area that there will not be a conflict of interest and that the medical needs of the City of Meridian will not be funneled nor directed toward Rush.
  • by steve Location: meridian on May 25, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    I would like to know what each canadate would and can do to help the grass roots of the business world, the SMALL BUSINESS PERSON. This country started with small businesses and the city does nothing to promote or help them succeed. Doc Braswell is the best friend that anyone attempting to persue a business of their own has in this area.
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