Smith Wins Ward 5, Harris Moves On

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Meridian's Ward 5 councilman, John Harris, lost his bid for re-election, to the man he defeated in 2005.

By less than 50 votes, former Republican councilman Bobby Smith beat the Democrat John Harris.

"I worked hard. I've got a lot of people to thank and I'm excited," said Smith. "I'm very excited and I'm ready to get back in there and go to work."

Smith said he doesn't know if it's Harris' mistakes that cost him the race, but Smith says he hopes it's because the people felt he did a good job the eight years he was in office.

"I will show the people this time that I will do a good job," Smith said.

Smith says he's been out of the game for a while, but has learned a lot and is ready to get out and work hard for Ward 5 residents.

"I've learned to take care of the people in the district," said Smith. "I tried to before, but I don't think I did like I should have. But you will see me taking care of the people, the streets and all of these things that need to be taken care of."

Harris agreed to an interview with Newscenter 11, but once he arrived said he didn't realize it would be an on-camera interview, so he declined. Harris said he didn't want to answer a lot of questions, but when asked about challenging votes, Harris said he would not request a review of votes.

"I appreciate the constituents in Ward 5," said Harris on the phone. "I've accepted the fact that I have lost and I'm excited about and looking forward to the House District 82 race."

Harris was already running for that District 82 seat in a special election called after the death of state Rep. Charles Young, in addition to running for city council.

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