Meridian Star

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May 5, 2013

What the candidates for City Council Ward 2 have to say...



    Office Seeking: Councilwoman, Ward 2

    Party: Democrat

    Name: Mary A. B. Perry

    Education: Jackson State College, bachelor's degree; Mississippi State University, master's degree; further study at Jackson State College, Valparaiso University, Southern University, and the Mississippi Education Administrative Leadership Institute.

    A little about myself: Mary Annie Vernell Brewster Perry is the second of seven children born to Jesse, Sr. and Minnie S. Brewster. She is married to William H. Perry Sr. and is the mother of three children. She is also a grandmother and a great grandmother. She is a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, where some of her past and present involvement includes youth director, Sunday School teacher, superintendent, trustee, deaconess, ministry mission leader and Russell-Riley Circle member.

    She was named teacher of the year twice, was president of Association of Meridian Educators, board member of the State Teacher's Association, and an IPD instructor for the state.

    Politically, Mary's involvement included state president and parliamentarian for Democratic Women, Chair of Lauderdale County, and was named Outstanding Democratic Elected Official for the Third Congressional District in 2007. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, serving as a mentor to youth and bowling.

    Why I am seeking office: I am seeking the office of Councilwoman Ward Two to serve citizens. My plans are to listen, weigh all advice, and do my utmost to make decisions for the good of all the citizens. It is also my desire to be the voice and advocate for individual citizens who feel they have no one looking out for their concerns because everyone deserves to be heard, protected and have their issues resolved.

    If re-elected, efforts will continue being made to seek innovative ways to improve Meridian's economy, provide jobs, reduce crime, seek affordable housing, improve the city's overall image and help build a fiscally sound community through partnership with public and private entities.

    The most pressing issue facing Meridian and what I will do to address it: The most pressing issues facing Meridian are limited jobs, crime, replacing homes and businesses on the tax roll, and the economy in general. If re-elected, I will continue working with EMBDC to find businesses for our city and using resources gained through training and networking to help solve other issues.

    I feel qualified for this position because of my love and care for the citizens of Meridian and how people are treated; especially when they are seeking solutions to their problems.

    Also, as councilwoman I have earned certification at the state and national level with more than 200 hours of training for elected officials in order to be abreast of laws and ways to effectively serve the citizens of Ward Two and the city of Meridian. Many other ideas of come from networking with fellow councilmen from other cities and states.

    Thanks to the citizens who elected me in the past. My prayer is that you will support and vote for me in the coming election. Thank you for your consideration of me as your candidate. May God bless and keep each of you in his care.

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