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Democratic candidates speak at primary mayoral debate

MERIDIAN, Miss. - Four out of five Democratic Mayoral Candidates expressed their concerns and answered questions from the public at the Meridian Democratic Primary Mayoral Debate at the MSU Riley Center hosted by Twin States News. Each candidate had the chance to express their platforms for the upcoming general election and why they would be the best fit to serve as mayor.

In attendance were Percy Bland, Kim Houston, Randle Jennings and Jimmie Smith. Percy Bland has served as mayor for two terms and wants to continue developments in Meridian.

“I'm glad everyone came out. People can hear the issues and concerns as well as support each candidate, but at the end of the day, we’re on the right track and I want to continue to keep the city on the right track,” said Bland.

Serving as City Council Ward 4 for the past eight years, Kim Houston says she wants to work on improving the city.

“I feel confident that I was able to get my message out,” said Houston. “We have a lot of great candidates, but I do feel like my message, my vision for the city will definitely be the one for people to vote for.”

Candidate Randle Jennings says he is looking to meet the needs of the community if elected as the next mayor.

“There’s a lot of information that we gave out and our people in the City of Meridian know what we need,” said Jennings. “We know our priorities and we understand what needs to take place.”

Serving on the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors and law enforcement for years, Jimmie Smith finds efforts in keeping the Queen City clean.

“I feel every candidate had the opportunity to express themselves and I think the community will view this and make a decision on April 6th.”

Voting for the first democratic primary will be tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All candidates including Tyrone Johnson will be on the ballot. The general election is June 8th.

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