WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - It has only been two days since people could begin qualifying to run for Waveland's next mayor and board of aldermen. So far, three men have already qualified for the mayoral race.
Brent Anderson, Mark Kidd and Mike Smith have all submitted paperwork saying they want to be Waveland's next mayor. All three men currently work for the city in different departments.
Anderson is Waveland's public works director, building official, federal recovery manager and flood plain manager. Mark Kidd is the current Ward 4 alderman. Mike Smith is the Waveland Fire Department Chief.
All three men are running as Democrats.
We spoke with them this afternoon. All of them said if they are elected, they would want to focus on economic growth for the city and continue the path the city is on now.
Waveland will hold primary elections Nov. 4, and a general election on Dec. 2.
Anderson has worked for the city for 17 of the 41 years he has lived in Waveland.
"I want to continue building on the foundation of the mayor and board of aldermen. I want to open our city to small businesses to easily operate," said Anderson.
Kidd has lived in Hancock County for his entire life, and has worked for the City of Waveland for nearly four years.
"I want to improve on economic growth. We're finally going in the right direction. I want to make sure the city stays strong," said Kidd. "I want to bring more businesses and new money into our area. Another important issue is getting our pier back. We've been waiting on FEMA."
Smith has lived in Waveland since 1989 and has been with the city's fire department for 27 years.
"I don't want to change much in Waveland. I think Waveland's on the right track. My goal would be to continue Garcia's track. I want us to be financially responsible, and obviously bring more business to Waveland," said Smith.