Office Seeking: City Councilman for Ward Two
Name: Kenneth Dustin Markham
Education: 2003 Meridian High School graduate; 2005 Meridian Community College — AA Degree/University Transfer; 2007 Jackson State University — BA Political Science; 2010 Thomas M. Cooley Law School — Juris Doctor.
A little about myself: A Native of Meridian and son of Robert and Ann Markham. I am the secretary of the Lauderdale County Bar Association, member of the Board of Directors for both the Meridian/Lauderdale County Boys and Girls Club and Redline Community Development Committee, volunteer with the Boys Scouts of America Troop 5, and Study Buddy for T.J. Harris Elementary School. I am a Member of First Union Missionary Baptist Church.
Why I am seeking office: As a lifetime resident of Ward 2, I want to bring fresh ideas and progressive outlooks to take the city of Meridian to new heights. I want to be attentive to the needs of the citizens of Ward Two as there are a number of issues both directly and indirectly related to our citizen's quality of life. As for the city of Meridian as a whole, it is time for the city to adhere to its financial responsibility by spending money more efficiently and effectively, repair our infrastructure correctly so that project spending can be allocated over an extended period of time rather than all at once, decrease crime, and enhance the Meridian Public School District and other programs, making our students more comprehensively established when they graduate.
The most pressing issue facing Meridian and what I will do to address it: The most pressing issue is crime. Our citizens deserve to feel safe. I would first work with the Meridian Police Department to assess how effective current practices are. Then, I would plan to make our city as proactive as is possible. I want our officers to have the best available technology to support their efforts in lowering our crime rates.
I want to confirm a police chief in place that will have the trust of both the citizens and officers. Within the last year, the city has taken some steps in the right direction, but we can do more.
Why I feel I am most qualified to fill this position: I am a native. I am driven. I am up to the challenge. I see the tremendous potential that Meridian has for growth. I am concerned with some of the same issues that other citizens are concerned about. As an attorney, I have acquired skills that are important for this position such as dissecting problems and issues analytically, critical thinking, problem solving, social and communicative skills. In managing my law practice, I know the meaning of efficiency and how to effectively budget. I want the best for Meridian.