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May 5, 2013

What the candidates for Mayor have to say...

MERIDIAN — FYI

The following candidates are also seeking office in the city of Meridian municipal elections but did not participate:

• Mayoral candidate William Bond Compton, Republican

• Ward 2 City Council candidate Nathaniel Pringle Jr., Democrat

• Ward 3 City Council candidate Barbara Henson, Republican, no opposition

• Ward 4 City Council candidate Thomas Everett Hopson, Democrat   

Office seeking: Mayor of Meridian

Party: Republican

Name: Cheri Barry

    Occupation: Mayor of Meridian

    Education: Lamar High School, 1973; University of Mississippi, 1977

    A little about myself: When I am not at city hall I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my two grandsons, gardening, and visiting in the community.

    Why I am seeking office: I will be a dedicated full-time mayor. Over the past four years, we’ve worked to position Meridian for growth and success. We want to continue on this positive road of building a stronger Meridian.

    I see the full potential for Meridian. We’ve built the partnerships we need to help Meridian reach the next level. Today, Meridian is seen as a progressive city that can work with governments and businesses to get things done. We have strong relationships with our governor, lieutenant governor, national congressman and senators, as well as local board of supervisors and regional mayors. We will all work together to grow existing companies, attract new businesses, and create jobs.

    We will continue to commit the needed resources to fight crime, increase community policing and neighborhood watches.

    We will create Meridian’s Healthcare Industry Zone. This will provide Meridian with more opportunities for job growth in healthcare. We will also build workforce housing developments.

    We will continue to move forward with the Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Center and Youth Sports Complex.

    The most pressing issue facing Meridian and what I will do to address it: Public safety is the most pressing issue facing Meridian and our nation. I will maintain a zero tolerance for crime. Public safety is the reason government was created. We will continue to take the fight to criminals in Meridian.

    Why I feel I am most qualified to fill this position: Having served as mayor for the past four years, I am the only candidate with experience and knowledge of how city government works. For the past four years I have dedicated my time to improving Meridian — from strengthening the city’s financials and the infrastructure to fighting crime — and I have a proven successful track record.

    We have reshaped the budget to make it more sustainable. We no longer blindly fund programs simply because “that’s the way it’s always been done.”

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