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May 5, 2013

What the candidates for Mayor have to say...



    Office seeking: Mayor of Meridian

    Party: Independent

Name: Wally Hudnall


    Occupation: Retired businessman

    Education: Graduate of Meridian High School; Attended the University of Tennessee.

    A little about myself: I have been married to Dianne Combest Hudnall for 26 years and have two daughters, son-in-laws and two grandsons. Some of my hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping and listening to music.

    The most pressing issue facing Meridian and what I will do to address it: I am dissatisfied with the increased crime rate, neglected infrastructures, inflated water bills, just to name a few, and I want to do something about this situation. Our city government changed 25 years ago and this form has opened the door for corruption.

    I would like to see it changed back where there is a city manager and a stronger city council. I believe these changes would make a more transparent government and give the citizens a better understanding of the business conducted.

    Why I feel I am most qualified to fill this position: Having owned multiple businesses, managing employees, finances and providing customer service for over 35 years, I feel, gives me the experience needed for the office of mayor.

    I believe that the city of Meridian is relying too much on borrowed funds and this has put us in a horrific financial mess. It is time to stop "robbing Peter to pay Paul" and dig our way out of the debt that has climbed in the past four years. I vow to my fellow citizens that I will work hard to make Meridian the best place to live in and lay down stepping-stones for a bright future.

    Office seeking: Mayor of Meridian

    Party: Independent

    Name: Walter Patton

    Occupation: Worked at Southwestern Bell and Harris 3M, business owner.

    Education: Meridian High School, Meridian Community electronics degree.

    Why I am seeking office: I want to help Meridian get back to living instead of existing. I have seen too much of Meridian’s potential to give up. As mayor, I will create a Meridian Coalition that will focus on education, public safety, and government services.”

    Why I feel I am the most qualified for the job: Walter’s years of involvement in community organizations, sports and recreation, and the Meridian Public Schools allow him to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the race for mayor of Meridian.

    A little bit about myself: Patton is a past president of the Lauderdale Chapter of the NAACP; Meridian area Navy League member; member of Board of Meridian Airport Authority; past board member of the American Red Cross; worked for Meridian’s Men for Change; volunteer for local and state various political campaigns, former sponsor of Young Democrats at Meridian Community College; volunteer for ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve); member of Parent for Public Schools; district wide vice president of Meridian Public School Parent Teacher Association (PTA); member of Meridian PTA; past president of the Kate Griffin Junior High School PTA; former coach and assistant coach of Crestwood Boys Baseball Team; former coach and board member of North Meridian Optimist’s Girls Softball Team; volunteer track coach at Meridian High School; volunteer band parent at Meridian High School during band competitions.

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