Meridian, Miss. Meridian's Wards 2, 4, and 5 are all guaranteed new council members for the next four years, but the current holders of those seats, Mary Perry, Jesse Palmer Senior, and Bobby Smith are leaving with 50 years combined experience on the Council. With that much time spent serving the city, they all have a few projects they're most proud of.
Ward 5 Councilman Bobby Smith says, "I feel like we've accomplished a lot. We've gotten a lot of houses torn down, and of course I was a go-getter on the no-smoking ordinance. I got that passed."
While Ward 2 Councilwoman Mary Perry says, "Big things come from neglecting little things, so I've tried to take care of the little things so the big things did not appear."
Ward Four Councilman Jesse Palmer Senior believes that, "The biggest one is to try and get people to start to work together for the betterment of the City of Meridian."
All three council members were presented plaques for their dedicated work to the city over the past decades, and they all have similar hopes for their Wards once their successors take over next month and serve for the next four years.
Smith says, "I just hope they will get in here and try to work hard and get things accomplished, and make sure they work with administration and get things done because there's so much in Meridian that needs to be done."
"I think if our Ward can prosper by him having help from me, then I will give it to him should he ask it," said Perry about Kenneth Dustin Markham.
Palmer says, "I wish them all the success in the world. They're young people and energetic, and we're going to keep the fire up under you, so you might as well get ready to move."
Ward 3 Councilwoman Barbara Henson is unopposed and will retain her seat, while Ward 1 Councilman Dr. George Thomas is facing opposition from Martin Jack.