Barry Makes Candidacy Official

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Republican candidate Cheri Barry officially kicked off her campaign for mayor of Meridian Wednesday. The announcement came a day after four-term mayor, John Robert Smith, announced he is not seeking another term.

Barry held her news conference at one of Meridian's oldest landmarks, the Dentzel Carousel at Highland Park.

Off the top, Barry made her intentions known. If elected, she plans to reduce taxes, improve infrastructure, increase the tax base and create competitive salaries for those who protect the city.

"In riding through the streets of Meridian, our infrastructure is crumbling underneath us," Barry said. "Our roads, our streets, they need our help and need our attention. I want to see the beauty we have. It starts with housekeeping."

And to the surprise of many, Barry picked up the support of well-known attorney, Bill Ready, Sr., a Democrat, who once ran for the same office.

"We must get away from this political bickering and just get down to who can do the best job and communicate with the people best," Ready said.

And communicating is something Barry says she has plenty of experience doing. She began her career as a social worker with the Department of Human Services, later owned her own Meridian business and also taught in the Meridian Public School System. She has served as the executive director of the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross for the last nine years.

In her speech, Barry referenced Highland Park, where the carousel is located, saying it, like the city, can be restored to the splendor she remembers from when she was younger.

"We are going to have to take things back to basics, start in the early stages, get our community picked back up and enforce ordinances," said Barry.

And now that she has taken her plans to the public, Barry plans to spend her time meeting Meridian residents and pushing her message. She is taking a leave of absence from the Red Cross, effective Mar. 1, and after that plans on being a full-time mayor.

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  • by WILLIAM Location: MERIDIAN on Mar 15, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    cheri barry is going to be the best meridian has ever had GOOD LUCK......
  • by Chris Location: Meridian on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    I believe Mrs. Cheri Barry will make a great mayor for the city of Meridian. She has lived here all her life and has seen the best of Meridian, as well as the worst. She is here to pick-up where Mayor Smith left off. She wants to retore what has been destroyed and pick-up those who have fallen. As well as Mrs. Cheri Barry I to plan to run the the mayor seat one day. I want this to be the greatest city in all of Mississippi, in the means of production, income, and infrastructure scenary. I wish Mrs. Cheri Barry all the best, and good luck! CLB
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