Biloxi council candidates talk about key issues

By Jeff Lawson - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The candidates for city council in Biloxi's ward two participated in a political forum Tuesday night. Only one of the four candidates, Felix Gines, was unable to attend.

Long time coast businessman Le'Roy Carney told the audience of an estimated 60 people, that he will always listen to what his constituents have to say. He also talked about one of the most pressing topics for Point Cadet.

"Affordable housing will be one of those key issues, recreational facilities for the children in our community, a place for our senior citizens," Carney said.

Kay Horne behind an executive position with Federal Express to come back home after Katrina. She agrees the housing needs are great in the ward, but also wants to see businesses coming back.

"We are lacking that. And that sense of loss that we had, as far as businesses are concerned, I think that will generate revenue and generate pride and some sense of ownership for our residents here," Horne said.

Incumbent Bill Stallworth agreed that economic development, recreational opportunities and housing are the key issues. But he said more progress is being made, than his opponents realize.

"We have been very successful at rebuilding this area. We just think we will be extremely successful at making that happen," Stallworth said. "We are developing an economic development fund for small businesses. We already have an economic development officer hired."

All the ward two candidates are democrats, so the race could be decided with Tuesday's primary vote. The winner must receive more than 50 percent of the vote.

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