Ocean Springs mayoral candidates spend election day campaigning

By Steve Phillips - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - One of the most competitive political races in South Mississippi is the mayor's race in Ocean Springs. Most everyone there is expecting a close finish between first term incumbent Mayor Connie Moran and challenger Scott Walker.

Both candidates and their supporters spent election day making phone calls, waving signs and doing some last minute campaigning to get out the vote.

"I think it's going to be one of the best turnouts we've had here in years," said Doug Stiles, as he waved a Scott Walker sign, "It's going to be close."

Stiles and two other veterans spend the morning waving signs for the Republican challenger.

"We're all veterans. We've got a right to come out here and vote and campaign for who we want to. And right now we're campaigning for Scott Walker and Troy Ross," said Ron Eriksen.

Across the street from the vets, two 15-year-olds waved signs for Mayor Connie Moran.

"Well, some people honk and wave back at us. But some people just kind of boo us or something," said Dallas Kellams, as the teenager clutched a Connie Moran for Mayor sign.

"Thank you!" yelled mayoral candidate Walker, as a passing driver gave him a thumbs up.

The challenger spent the day encouraging supporters and getting out the vote. The young Republican is confident.

"We feel great. It's going to be close. It's going to be a close race today. But a lot of good people out here today. A lot of good volunteers. I feel very good, Steve," said Walker.

He said getting out the vote is the key on election day.

"That's it. We're reminding people, being out here to remind people it is voting day. Calling people. Continuing to tell our message. We've been working on this for nine months now. So, today's the day," he said.

"Hey!!" yelled a teenage girl, while waving a Connie Moran sign on Washington Avenue.

We found Mayor Moran doing some last minute campaigning downtown.

"I'm feeling very positive. I've had a lot of volunteers and family. People helping me out, people coming into town from out of town to help on this campaign. That's really gratifying. Very good response and calling and knocking on doors. And really from the time the sun comes up until the time it goes down, we're just working. Working hard. And I think it's going to be a good result," said Mayor Moran.

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