Barry, Bland Take Next Steps

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

While Cheri Barry is moving forward as mayor-elect, Democrat Percy Bland says he wants to take time to make sure all the votes cast were counted correctly. He says he has already started gathering information from the city clerk to begin the process.

In the meantime, Barry spent the day resting with her family, but she says her next step as mayor-elect is definitely on her mind.

But Barry says the fact that the results were so close tells her that there are many divisions within the community that need to be repaired.

Waiting for the results Tuesday night was an emotional roller-coaster for Barry and her supporters. Around 9 p.m., Barry was roughly 100 votes ahead of Bland but with several hundred absentee ballots left to count. The Barry camp spent the next couple of hours on pins and needles waiting for the news that absentee ballots would put Barry ahead by 304 votes.

And now, with just over a month before elected officials take office July 6, Barry admits she has a lot of work to do. In fact, she already has several meetings scheduled with different groups around the city.

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  • by anewvoice Location: meridian on Jun 6, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    Thanks for the comments Christian. You have every right to leave your remarks as do I. If you have not noticed it seems that the conversation has not all been about Percy Bland, I only left a few on this one. If you are referring to the other article, then yes I did. It was about comments other then Percy Bland. I gave my comments and will leave it at that. Please read my comments again on this blog only and respond to this one. If you have a problem with the other blog, then respond to "Meridian to close". I looked on this one and it sounds like a freedom of speech to me. We all have that right.
  • by CHRISTIAN Location: meridian ward 3 on Jun 5, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    to a new voice, i am greatly concerned about the comments that you have been leaving on the election reports. its seems that every time someone comments on percy bland you have something negative to say to them. as an american: people do have the right to speak thier minds without calling them a racist as you did on the other election report. i hope that you can now learn to express yourself in a civil manner without calling anyone a racist.
  • by anewvoice Location: meridian on Jun 5, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    Voter, just give him a call or visit. His office is downtown.
  • by voter Location: north meridian on Jun 5, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    Would someone please get the message to Mr. Bland to kindly see that his signs are taken down all over town? I know that his volunteers probably put them up, but the signs represent HIM and it doesn't look good for him to allow them to remain up.
  • by Neutral Location: Northwood on Jun 4, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    Yes she would she spent most of the campaign dealing with a non-issue of his vote on school bond - so she most certainly would have challenged it and I think he has a right to as well although I voted for Barry
  • by Anonymous Location: North hills on Jun 4, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    Susan... No she would not.
  • by voter Location: north meridian on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    I voted for Percy the first time and Cheri the second time. I think that Percy SHOULD request a review of the simply, if for no other reason, than for the wonderfully hard workers that gave so much of their time for his campaign. He ran a clean campaign as did Cheri. We would have been in good hands with Mr. Bland as well.
  • by anewvoice Location: merdian on Jun 4, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    Good Luck Bland! No, this isn't about race. This is about a man who wants to exercise his right to ensure fairness. You all want us to support Cheri, and I am sure Meridian will, How about supporting a man and his rights without calling him names. At least give him that much respect. Next time, people, get out to vote.
  • by Susan Location: Meridian on Jun 4, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    The election process allows for review. If Barry had lost would she not be doing the same thing?
  • by Lucy Location: Meridian on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:30 AM
    I think that both candiates would have made a great mayor. I'm ASHAMED of some of the people of meridian, MS. To put the question that race had a place in the election is horrible. I think most of us have learned to vote for the candiate that we think is the best candiate for the job. I also think that Mr. Bland is doing what he feel is proper with having the votes recounted. I also think that if Mrs.Berry would have lost with some same number of votes, she would have followed the same procedure and had the votes recounted. The campaign for mayor was not negative. Both Cherry Berry and Percy Bland seem to have a lot of respect for each other. Lets Keep it that way. Lets change merdian for the better and lets not focus on race. The time for progress is now and it doesn't matter what color our mayor is.
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