BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Saying there are important issues not being discussed by the other candidates, Biloxi native Kenny Glavan formally announced his campaign for mayor Friday morning.
At a news conference, Glavan defended his decision to enter the race after one month ago telling his fellow city council members he would not.
Glavan told reporters, "I was asked a question at that meeting. It was not a condition."
He said he changed his mind later as constituents urged him to run.
Glavan said he will appoint someone else as acting mayor "soon" although he did not give a timetable. He said there needs to be a serious discussion of issues facing Biloxi.
Glavan, who manages a hotel in Biloxi, said the coast needs to become a tourist destination, not just a gaming destination. The candidate also said more needs to be done to address high insurance rates, which is inhibiting growth along the coast.