Information Campaign Informing Biloxi Voters Of Redistricting Changes - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

01/09/04

Information Campaign Informing Biloxi Voters Of Redistricting Changes

Annexations and populations shifts have created new political lines in cities across South Mississippi.

Now one coast city has begun educating its voters about the changes.

This week thousands of Biloxi residents will receive voter information guides.

So, what does this mean for both citizens and candidates?

Mike Fitzpatrick says redistricting means even long time politicians like himself are having to reintroduce themselves to voters.

Biloxi's current Ward five councilman is campaigning for the hearts of people of the new Ward four.

"It's very diverse especially when you take a look at the Bay Vista Area, Ancient Oaks, and some of Sunkist," Fitzpatrick said.

"There is a lot of retired military and a lot of senior citizens. Going back the other way it's just the opposite with a lot of young people," he added.

Voter information guides are just the first step in Biloxi's campaign to get the word out about election changes.

Inside is a map detailing where the seven ward lines fall.

City leaders are also mailing out new voter registration cards.

Vincent Creel is the city's spokesperson.

"We're hoping that we can avoid any confusion. We're going to do everything that we can as a city to educate the residents on where to vote and when to vote. This is the first step in the process" Creel said.

As for Fitzpatrick, he's already making progress in getting to know some of his new constituents.

"I think that as a candidate you have to go door to door and meet the people because people in this district, especially, they want to see you face to face," he said.

Redistricting is changing the political landscape in other coast cities as well.

Gautier city leaders say that city will go from electing four to five council members.

Meanwhile Gulfport and D'Iberville are still waiting for approval from the Justice Department on their new ward lines.

By: Danielle Thomas

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Charges upgraded to murder in Gulfport attack

    Charges upgraded to murder in Gulfport attack

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 10:08 AM EDT2017-07-26 14:08:01 GMT
    James Christopher Woodard (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)James Christopher Woodard (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)

    A homeless man is now facing a charge of second degree murder for an attack that happened earlier this month in Gulfport. The upgraded charge against 31-year-old James Christopher Woodard comes after the victim died from his injuries.

    More >>

    A homeless man is now facing a charge of second degree murder for an attack that happened earlier this month in Gulfport. The upgraded charge against 31-year-old James Christopher Woodard comes after Ronald Spencer died from his injuries.

    More >>
  • Catching shrimp, crabs and other fish became easy today

    Catching shrimp, crabs and other fish became easy today

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 9:57 AM EDT2017-07-26 13:57:52 GMT
    Fishermen have a ball as fish wash up on the Gulfport shoreline (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Fishermen have a ball as fish wash up on the Gulfport shoreline (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    Is it a jubilee? Shrimp, crabs, and other fish started washing ashore Tuesday between Moses Pier and Urie Pier in Gulfport. A bait shop operator said the birds and pelicans in that area had quite a feast. On Wednesday morning, people had their coolers and their nets along the shoreline. They reeled in fish that appeared to be oxygen deprived.

    More >>

    Is it a jubilee? Shrimp, crabs, and other fish started washing ashore Tuesday between Moses Pier and Urie Pier in Gulfport. A bait shop operator said the birds and pelicans in that area had quite a feast. On Wednesday morning, people had their coolers and their nets along the shoreline. They reeled in fish that appeared to be oxygen deprived.

    More >>
  • Two people escape from burning Saucier home

    Two people escape from burning Saucier home

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 8:06 AM EDT2017-07-26 12:06:14 GMT
    An overnight fire burns down a home in Saucier. Two people escaped but need to be taken to the hospital (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan)An overnight fire burns down a home in Saucier. Two people escaped but need to be taken to the hospital (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan)

    Two people ran from the burning home in the Saucier community overnight. First responders say the duo was inside the burning building long enough to breathe in too much smoke. AMR rushed both people to the hospital so they could be treated for smoke inhalation. By the time fire trucks arrived, flames and smoke could be seen pouring out of the entire home. The trailer was a total loss. Sullivan says the home did not have working smoke alarms.

    More >>

    Two people ran from the burning home in the Saucier community overnight. First responders say the duo was inside the burning building long enough to breathe in too much smoke. AMR rushed both people to the hospital so they could be treated for smoke inhalation. By the time fire trucks arrived, flames and smoke could be seen pouring out of the entire home. The trailer was a total loss. Sullivan says the home did not have working smoke alarms.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly