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May 5, 2013

What the candidates for City Council Ward 4 have to say...



    Office Seeking: City Council Ward 4

    Party: Democrat

    Name: Kim Houston

    Occupation: Multi-Line Insurance Agent/Owner with Shelter Insurance Company

    Education: Clarkdale High School Salutatorian Class of 1993; BS Degree Business Management from University of West Alabama Class of 1997

    A little about myself: I am married to Pastor Gary Houston. We have two children that attend Meridian Public Schools (Go OAKIES). I am a Christian and an active member of Porterville Zion Baptist Church where my father, Rev. James Barney, Jr. (Rebecca) is the pastor. I am an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc - Meridian Chapter where I serve as the Political Awareness, Social Action Team, and Sisterly Relations Chairperson. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy fishing, walking, and worship. I love inspiring people to be better and I am committed to public service.

    Why I am seeking office: I am seeking this office to bring new excitement, energy, and new ideas to the City Council table. If we truly want something different in Meridian, we need different people sitting at the table. My purpose is to work hard to strengthen our schools which in turn will strengthen our entire community and attract a variety of business opportunities. The needs of our community are great and the community needs someone that is visible, approachable, attentive, and available to try to meet those needs. My desire is to make Ward 4 a place that people feel secure, youth are inspired, and the community as a whole is living up to its full potential.

    The most pressing issue facing Meridian and what I will do to address it:  Our youth — I will implement a Future Leaders of Meridian program where we build partnerships/relationships with schools, churches, established youth programs and businesses. We will focus on youth that have potential but lack parental/financial support to expose them to new experiences, team building, and address self esteem issues. This will give our youth HOPE and this will help move them in a different direction.

    Why I feel I am most qualified to fill this position: I have a heart to serve others with no strings attached. I have been in numerous leadership roles and I can get things done. I am easy to talk to, ready to listen and I can be trusted. I have an open door policy and you will always be able to find me. I am not into politics but I am into people. I believe Meridian can and will become the Queen City again with the right kind of leadership. If Ward 4 is to go to the next level then Kim  is the best choice to make it happen.

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