Meridian Mayor's Race Already Underway

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Meridian and other Mississippi municipalities will elect mayors and city council members in mid-year elections. For months, names have been popping up in Meridian.

Cassandra Sloan is the first candidate to file qualifying papers to run for mayor. She previously made her announcement at a downtown rally. And Wednesday, she opened her campaign headquarters at 1903-A 6th Street.

"I believe this is an opportune time for us to make change in this city," said Sloan. "To that, I bring freshness and a new attitude."

The qualification deadline is Mar. 6, with the primary election May 5. And as the election approaches, more names are popping up as possible candidates.

Incumbent Mayor John Robert Smith has held the position for the last four terms, totaling 16 years. He says he plans to announce his decision at a later date.

"My family and I will be together when we tell the people of Meridian what we see for the future," said Smith, a Republican.

Meanwhile, lifelong Meridian resident Cheri Barry, also a Republican, says she is definitely running.

"I want to have the opportunity to build this community, to work with diversity and all corners to build prosperity and growth for the people," Barry said. "I have a passion for the city and the people that live here."

Barry serves as executive director for the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross. She said she plans to take a leave of absence, effective Mar. 1, and at that time will fully kick off her campaign.

Local State Farm insurance agent Percy Bland told Newscenter 11 he plans to make an announcement regarding any political intentions Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. However, he has already launched a Web site detailing his candidacy.

Wally Hudnall, a retired businessman who has run for the office in the past, says he is considering running, but he is still discussing the issue with his family.

Bill Marcy, a former Republican congressional candidate, announced his intent to run in October 2008, but he hasn't qualified yet. Marcy said he plans to do so around the first of March.

As for who definitely isn't running, Sidney Covington of Riley Hospital said she will not seek the mayor's office or any other elected position.

As with any election, as the deadline gets closer, more candidates are likely to express interest or change their minds.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:10 PM
    Hey Cassandra, where can I get me some of that "freshness?" Sounds like a pitch for deodorant or mouthwash. Bring on the heavy hitters.
  • by J D on Jan 29, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    If I had a vote it would between Bill Marcyor Cheri Barry . I believe they will look out for the city not theirselves .Like what the city got now. Anyone know of anyone running for counicl . They all need to go an started all over new people. To help the city be the best it can be .
  • by District 5 Location: Southeast on Jan 29, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    Come on Ray Boswell, put your name in the race. Show them how to run a city.
  • by Anonymous Location: MERIDIAN on Jan 29, 2009 at 07:36 AM
  • by Loretta Bennett Location: meridian on Jan 28, 2009 at 09:21 PM
    I would be running for city council on the next term,because the ones we have down town at this present time..get paid to sit on their behind..oooo never mind!!Im thinking of the supervisors
  • by smith Location: meridian on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    I hope Percy does decide to run next week, he is a positive guy with youthful excitement who seems to have been involved in so many things in the community. He sure would get my vote
  • by ??? on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:38 PM
  • by J Location: Meridian on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    I would vote for Ray Boswell and his ignorance before I vote for any of these unqualified candidates.
  • by Skeptical Location: Meridian, Mississippi on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    Percy is a good guy, but I hope he realizes what Skip and Co. are setting him up for. There will BE no more excuses as to why we can't attract productive industry.
  • by Watching Location: Meridian on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Seems that these are all good candidates, if only some would choose to run for City Council - we need change across the board.
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