Meridian Star

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May 5, 2013

What the candidates for Mayor have to say...



    Office seeking: Mayor of Meridian

    Party: Democrat        

    Name: Rod Amos

    Occupation: Attorney    

    Education: High School Diploma: Meridian High School (1980), Meridian; B.A.: Accounting, Morehouse College (1984), Atlanta, Ga.; M.B.A.: Finance, Atlanta, University, Atlanta, Ga.; J.D., Mississippi College School of Law (2013), Jackson, Miss.

    A little about myself: I am a father of five beautiful and amazing daughters. I am the older of the two children of Ben Amos (retired, General Motors) and Dorothy Hopkins Amos (retired teacher). My younger brother is Patrick Amos a graduate of Meridian High (1984), Morehouse College (B.S., Marketing, Atlanta University (M.B.A., Marketing). My grandparents are Percy Hopkins and Lillian Stringfellow Hopkins (maternal), and Lewis and Maudell Amos (paternal). My hobbies include fishing, playing golf, watching sports, photography, gardening, writing poetry, dancing, singing, listening to various genres of music, traveling, reading articles on current events, and meeting new people. I am a life-long member of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, Savoy, Miss.

    Why I am seeking office: I am seeking Office of Mayor to help make my hometown Meridian, Miss., a better place to live, work and play. I believe that over the years the quality of life in the Queen City has continued to deteriorate, since the days of my youth growing up here. I have the education, training and experience to lead our city to become one of the premier cities in not only our state and nation, but, the world.

    The most pressing issue facing Meridian and what I will do to address it: In my opinion, one of the most pressing issues facing my hometown is the deterioration in the quality of life due to economic decline. Many of the issues plaguing our city are the results of this economic decline. In my opinion, if we work to improve the quality of life in Meridian, we will soon see an improvement in the quantity of life here.  

    I will address this issue by, comprehensively, improving the quality of our neighborhoods, schools, parks and recreation, police department and all city departments; I will work, closely, with local, state and federal elected officials to bring more and better paying jobs to our area. I want to inspire all of our youth to become the best person they can become, by including community groups, organizations and businesses through outreach, mentoring and employment.

    Why I feel I am most qualified to fill this position: As a result of, over thirty years of my combined education, training and experience in both the public and private sector, along with a love for my hometown, and my desire to see Meridian once again become the standard barer in our state. I want to take advantage of our tremendous resources, and our rich cultural heritage. I want to better market and promote our city’s assets.  With my passion, commitment and determination, I am ready, willing and able to turn around the decline in the quality of life in my hometown and help lead our city to greatness.

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