Waveland residents will elect mayor, aldermen Tuesday

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - With only a few days left before Waveland residents go to the polls to elect a new mayor and board of aldermen, the candidates are campaigning hard for last minute votes.

The race for mayor has been narrowed to two candidates. Businessman Jay Trapani will face long time Waveland Fire Chief Mike Smith.

Both men say they're the right choice for the job.

"Is there anything you could do to lower our utility bills," asked a Waveland resident who came out of her home after Trapani knocked on her front door.

"You're talking about the water. The city recently finished a study on the water, and it looks like we will be receiving another $250,000 in undocumented water, which will help lower the water bills," Trapani explained.

Both candidates know in the 11th hour, getting to as many doors and the people behind them as possible will ultimately determine who ends up seated in the mayor's chair.

"I'm going to ask if you can come out one more time to vote," Smith told a resident who opened their door.

"What do you plan to do for the city," the resident asked.

"Continue on the path we've been going on, honestly," Smith responded. "Increase hospitality, deal with some of the hospitality issues we've been having in the city and look at hiring some more public works employees."

Just who is the better man for the job depends on who you ask.

"I think I'm the best man. I'm a business man. I've been a successful businessman for 32 years. A city is like a business, but there are some differences. The bottom line in business is profit. The bottom line in a city is services back to the people," said Trapani.

"I've been involved 27 years. That's nearly three decades in all types of Waveland government, and for the last 4 years, I've been working directly with the mayor and the aldermen, so I'm very familiar with what's going on. I know what needs to happen. I've got a good comprehensive plan that I can't wait to get started on," said Smith.

Waveland residents will decide who is the best man for the job on Tuesday.

Voting for Waveland's municipal elections will take place at the fire station on Coleman Avenue. The new city leaders will take office the very next day when they are sworn-in.

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