District House 82 Election Nearing

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

On the Sunday afternoon before Tuesday's election, both Republican candidate Billy Marcy and Democratic candidate Wilbert Jones are taking it easy at home with family, but this upcoming special election and the issues are still on their minds.

Both candidates agree on many things including finding means to grow this area. But candidates say there are distinct differences.

"I am retired and I have the time to fully dedicate myself to this district," Republican candidate Bill Mary said.

"I feel the people of this community that know me know that I have a heart for this community," Democratic candidate Wilbert Jones said.

Marcy says Medicaid is a pressing issue that is holding up the budget and he says if elected that would be a priority on his agenda.

"Meridian is a hospital community and we have got to get the budget passed," Marcy said.

Jones says economic development is important to this area and goes hand in hand with education and he says he would make sure East Mississippi gets it's fair share of opportunity.

"We have to get more infrastructure and that will help our focus on educated workforce, "Jones said.

The candidates also cleared the air on some concerns.

Jones says his position as Chief Executive Officer at Greater Meridian Health Clinic won't be an issue and Jones say he's working hand in hand with lawyers to make sure he will not violate ethical rules.

"I will not jeopardize my vote and I will make sure I am not violating ethical rules," Jones said.

There's been controversy concerning rumors of Governor Haley Barbour handpicking Bill Marcy. Marcy says the governor did contact him asking him to get out of the mayor's race and run for the House District 82. But Marcy says it an honor and he's received other endorsements included civil rights leader Charles Evers, the brother of Medger Evers and Marcy says it shows just how far this state has come.

"If you look back in history, it's rare to find that a white governor will endorse a black candidate," Marcy said.

Both candidates say Meridian needs a strong voice and someone that will fight for East Mississippi as the District 82 House Representative.

That special election is this Tuesday, June 30th.

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