MERIDIAN, Miss. - Democrat Jimmie Smith will be the next mayor of Meridian after winning the general election Tuesday night.
“I was excited," said Smith. "I think it’s a wonderful situation that the city seems to have confidence in me in doing the job and to make sure to do what needs to be done in the city.”
Smith claimed 62.7% of the vote with Independent Weston Lindemann claiming 35.6% and Republican Robert Ray with 1.7% of the vote. With this new position, Smith says he plans to meet many needs in the city.
“We need to clean our city up. We need to make sure that our roads are paved professionally," explained Smith. "Economic development--we need to work with EMBDC and make sure that we are doing the right things to make the right things happen for us.”
After being retired for three years, Smith was approached about running for mayor to make a change in the community. Smith believes his years of experience in leadership could play a helpful part.
“I worked with the Board of Supervisors in Lauderdale County for twenty years, I was in the police department for ten," he said. "I was a detective and I was also on the SWAT team so I’m qualified to serve the public.”