Meridian is a regional headquarters for the Democratic Party, leading up to the November elections. It's located at 621 30th Avenue.
It's an honor that we were chosen, and of course, Lauderdale County has been working," said Lauderdale County Democratic chairman Melba Clark. "Four years ago we were recognized as, for having turned around the democratic process as far as Democratic voters were concerned. So, we have worked hard since that time to make sure that Lauderdale County was represented."
Serving Lauderdale, Kemper, Clarke, Newton, Neshoba and Noxubee counties, democrats say when it came to a headquarters office, Lauderdale County was a logical choice.
Yes, because it's the largest county in east Mississippi and east Mississippi is where the Republicans brag as being their country," said Ike brown of the Noxubee County Democratic Party. "So, we intend to take the fight to them right here. If we can beat them here, then we'll win the state."
U.S. Senate candidate Erik Fleming, who is facing incumbent Republican Thad Cochran, says he's confident Democrats cannot only win but win big in November.
"We had 70,000 new voters show up in the Democratic Primary," said Fleming. "So, we know that we're going to reach our number of getting all these new registered voters in and we're going to do our part to make sure that they get back to the polls in November and we just feel it."
"There are people who want to vote for Barack (Obama) who might not have been or are not Democrats, but they want the change and so they want to come in and vote for him," said Clark. "So, we're going to encourage those moderate Republicans or those independents who haven't chosen yet, to be sure, we're going to court them."
The location will serve as a drop-off and pick-up point for candidates and supporters.