As of right now, five people say they are either considering or are definitely running for Gulfport mayor. Some of them are easily recognizable.
The only person, and the only Democrat who has qualified for the election is Katie Perrone. Ward Six Councilman Billy Hewes says he is considering a mayoral run, and will decide by March first. The other three candidates are Harrison County Supervisor Larry Benefield, Gulfport Ward Four Councilman Kim Savant, and incumbent Mayor Bob Short.
Some citizens say they hope the next mayor and city council will share a more harmonious relationship. Many council meetings have erupted in words being exchanged between councilmembers.
Other residents say they want to see lower garbage and water rates. The people say they don't use enough water to justify water bills totalling more than $50 a month.
Senior citizen services and youth activities are also concerns.