Office seeking: Councilman Ward 4
Name: Craig Houston
Education: 1987 Graduate of Meridian High School and attended The University of Southern Mississippi.
A little about myself: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dorothy Houston; two sisters Tonya Lang and Sonja Hopkins, one brother Hubert Houston II. Lover of everything Meridian High School and Meridian, Old School R & B and Jazz; Mentor and volunteer in MPSD since 2000, chairman Meridian Juneteenth Heritage; Festival Committee Member Best for Ray Stadium Committee, Secretary/Treasurer, Meridian Alumni Football Club.
Why I am seeking office: We have spent too much money on things that are not pressing. When we spend money, especially large amounts of money we need to spend it on things that affect the day to lives of the citizens of Ward 4 and the city of Meridian. I am also running to address the crime issue. I feel we need to get more involve with the community building trust between the community and police through community policing. I feel it is unfair to pay a mortgage or rent and be afraid to come outside of your home. We owe it to the citizens of Meridian to keep them safe. We must encourage citizens to step up and speak out and know that they are perfectly safe and within their rights to do so.
The most pressing issue facing Meridian and what I will do to address it: This goes to the heart of question 2, as to why I’m running. Public Safety. Our citizens have to know their city government and officials can work together with them to bring under control those that wish to disrupt and deprive us of our public safety. I would look at ways to increase the police budget for training, more officers on the streets, create more neighborhood watch programs, working with Meridian Public Schools in mentoring and creating a system where students can fill safe in sharing their concerns and knowledge where needed, create programs that lead to gang prevention and better decision making.
Why I feel I am most qualified to fill this position: As a resident of Meridian and Ward 4 I have physically attended over 100 city council meetings, sat in on numerous other meetings that involved public interest volunteering and serving on boards or committees, thus, making a student of public policy welfare. I involve myself with the youth of this community in mentoring, trying to connect to connect with them (youth) in areas where I best fit and would most effective. I am an active member of Ward 4, who sees the daily needs of Ward 4, the potential of Ward 4, and the neglected needs of Ward 4. I have made a concerted effort to learn city government, city budgets, municipal laws, and board by-laws. I feel my interest and involvement has prepared me to be the Right Person for Ward 4 to be your City Council person.