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MS black elected officials meet in Biloxi

The annual conference is held at the Beau Rivage Casino Resort and Spa. (Image Source: WLOX News) The annual conference is held at the Beau Rivage Casino Resort and Spa. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Robert Avery of Gadsden of Alabama led a workshop on voter supression. (Image Source: WLOX News) Robert Avery of Gadsden of Alabama led a workshop on voter supression. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

More than a hundred of Mississippi's black elected officials are in Biloxi for an annual conference aimed at addressing issues minority elected officials face while in office, and how they can address them. The Mississippi Black Caucus of Elected Officials kicked off with a discussion on combating voter suppression, over the next day other workshops will be held such as affordable housing and business development training.

“We really put on workshops that help elected officials to become better public servants, and that is the purpose of this conference that we're holding,” said Deborah Delgado.

Delgado, who is a Hattiesburg councilwoman, feels that bringing Mississippi's black elected officials together every year, helps to combat issues that only they may be facing in their districts.

“There are some issues that are unique to communities of color, and we try to make sure that we educate elected officials on how to address those needs,” said Delgado.

According to Delgado, Mississippi has over 900 black elected officials which is more than any other state, but she wants the Magnolia state to be known for more than numbers.

“We want to be known for bringing the greatest resources to our communities and providing the best public service,” said Delgado.

The conference continues tomorrow, and there will be a reception to honor their new president, who is the mayor of Jackson.

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