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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  • by Missy on Jun 9, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    Good post Billy, that poster did not have a right to say the things that he said. Weather it is John Harris or not posting his friends are hurting his campaign more than he knows by their stupid comments. That comment about your son and daughter in law was so out of line. As a BLACK woman I just went out and voted for someone OTHER than John Harris. As for the comment about the race being divided by race this is not true, the black community is tired of John C. Harris and we want to see him GONE!
  • by Billy Location: Meridian on Jun 7, 2009 at 11:49 PM
    Billy/Betty/ June 4th, who ever you are, you do not have to pray for my son or his wife. God is already with them and HE will direct their path. And how dare you make such a comment, as if you are wishing bad luch on them. The Devil is a lie and I rubuke you in the name of Jesus. I will pray that you (I mean, John Harris) will open your eyes and see the light and learn how to type!. Good luck in the future Mr. Harris, I only wish you the best. I cannot wait until Tuesday when I cast my vote for Mr. Wilbert Jones.
  • by Me Location: here on Jun 4, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    CONGRATS Bobby! Experience will show in the days, weeks, and years to come. WELCOME BACK!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    "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." ????????????????
  • by june 4th on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    why dont you ask mr smith to come to dinner with you and your family one day since you voted for him.im sure he would take you up on it.
  • by betty on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    betty dear, i assume your candidate has won so why are you still slinging mud?hum, lets see,i heard that this happen 11 years ago. can you think of anything that you can bring to the light 11 years ago?even mr smith wouldnt want to go back 11 years, i promise.i admire mr harris for not bring to the light many issues that he knew about and could have brought out! i know he had them, because i gave him the FACTS. also,name one thing that mr smith did in his 8 years of service.thats right, lets support the new team. keep your pen close by,there were many promises made,so lets help them keep them and be accountable.
  • by billy on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    billy that was your right.but i guess you are mr perfect. check you self sir and be careful how you judge someone sir.im sure you dont have some baggage of your own.AND Lord have mercy,what politician dont have issues that... well its usless to point it out. I saw the press conference and tell me what was fake sir? i heard the he wonted to communicate to the people to know publiclly that he was going through a divorce.it was mrs key who have issues with men and his wife that aired the mess alone with other folks in high places.what folks will do for positions.i voted for mr harris because when i called he answered. i will pray for your son and daughter in law sir.remember sir,this is the age where things happen in most young couples live.
  • by JD on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    Now if Mr. Harris would lose the next weeks election . I think that had more to with it than racialy divded . Who wants someone that wants to run for jobs at the same time .Are maybe he wanted to do both jobs we see he has try before. If Mr. Smith does not do the job fire him in 4 years. People want someone to win but over half the voters want take the time vote that what happen .
  • by Billy Location: Meridian on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    Forget being racialy divided. I am black and I voted for Bobby Smith. So did my wife and my 30 year old son and his wife. I know of a many blacks who voted for Bobby Smith. John Harris messed his self up with that fake press confrence. If he had just left his personal baggage out of this he would have won the election with it being a close as it was.
  • by anewvoice Location: meridian on Jun 4, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    There must be a fair way to ensure equality in voting practicing in this state. Better yet, everyone must exercise their right to vote. Other than that, you have no complaint about any elections. Make your voice count by getting out to vote.
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