Campaign Finances and the Mayor's Race

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

During a Tuesday night debate, one of the main disagreements between Cheri Barry and Percy Bland was their supporters. With new campaign finance reports, the debate is sure to continue.

The final campaign finance report released prior to the June 2 election shows Republican Cheri Barry raising $111,356 for the year to date and Democrat Percy Bland raising $70,533.

But in this election, it's who's donating and offering support that has been producing some of the strongest attacks.

"My opponent is part of the establishment in this city," said Bland. "People who have helped other administrations are people who are her supporters."

"I believe one of your biggest supporters is Mary Peavey, so talk about taking it back to the old ways," Barry replied. "If you want to talk about going backwards, we can do that. You were for the school bond issue and Mary Peavey and Hartley (Peavey_ were against it. What does that tell the community?"

And with that, Bland defended Mary Peavey's dedication to local youth while criticizing Barry's commitment to the community in the same breath.

"She understands that this community is only as good as our human capital, something you don't understand because if you did understand it, wouldn't take you 20, 30, 40 years to get involved with helping the people here," Bland said. "You would have done this a long time ago."

In response, Barry a lifelong resident of Meridian, took the opportunity to review her resume and again question the length of time Bland has lived in the city.

"So don't tell me about not serving the people," Barry said. "You have only been here 6 months in the city."

And while both candidates have raised impressive totals, it appears they are spending it as fast as they bring it in.

Bland currently has $5,498 on hand, while Barry has $6,324.

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  • by Go Cheri!!! Location: Meridian on May 28, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    Anyone who can say anything bad about Cheri Barry obviously doesn't know her!!! She has done more for this city that anyone. Everyone should be ashamed of themselves for not being appreciative of what she has done and what she wants to do. She would give the shirt off of her back for anyone...even the people who talk smack about go ahead and talk crap about someone that you don't even day it might be you that Cheri is helping. Whether Cheri becomes mayor or not...I guarantee that she will still be doing wonderful and productive things in the community...while the rest of you sit at home and type your stupid little blogs about people you don't even know. Respect people that do good and just things...don't be jealous that you don't have the ability or heart. VOTE CHERI! (THAT IS>>>IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMON SENSE AT ALL)
  • by Stephen on May 28, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    Anyone who really likes Percy either works for the EMBDC or they flat out do not pay attention to what Meridian really needs.
  • by alan Location: meridian on May 28, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    I guess these statistics are meaningless and so are the real issues impacting the city, huh? We should all vote for the lady with the red eye glasses draped on her head that points the black pen at her opponent - real class act!
  • by michael Location: meridian on May 28, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    As I recall, Percy is the one with the Chemistry degree and Master's degree so I wouldn't think he would need to have anything "burned into his brain." Get over it things are going to change in Meridian and finally the best people might get positions not just the connected people.
  • by Stephen Location: Meridian on May 28, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    Mr. Bland did not win the debate, he rattled off a list of statistics that Wade and Skip have burned into his brain. Those statistics are available for anyone who is bored enough to read them. All of you who have been instructed to get on these forums and say Percy won the debate are blowing smoke. Anyone who watched the debate can clearly see that Cheri is a better speaker, knows the town, has the relationships in place to get things done, and above all she is not going to roll over whenever Wade Jones snaps his fingers.
  • by alan Location: meridian on May 28, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    I agree with your comments Michael and I was undecided going into debate also, Mr. Bland definitely came across as more suited to be our next Mayor!
  • by Vic Location: Hinds County on May 28, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    Mr. Bland was very articulate--didn't stumble in putting forth his agenda for the people of Meridian. He won the debate.
  • by michael Location: meridian on May 28, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    I was undecided going into the debate. Cheri should have taken the time to come prepared and at least know previous year budgets since she had time to look up land rolls and homestead filings. We need Percy because he will stick to the business of the position.
  • by Voter Location: Meridian on May 28, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    I personally belive that Mayor Bland is the better choice.
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    I was happy to hear Cheri mention her three wonderful children, but disappointed that nothing was said about her favorite son-in-law. With this aside, Cheri's love and dedication to the community is clear. She'll make the best mayor for Meridian, MS.
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