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Gulfport Mayoral Showdown

Round two is underway and this time Gulfport Mayor Bob Short is putting on the gloves and fighting back. Mayor Short ran a clean campaign leading up to Tuesday's primaries, while former mayor Ken Combs was on the attack, but on Thursday night, they traded jabs.

Ken Combs looked down the table at Mayor Short and said, "The truth is there's the biggest liar that's ever been the mayor of Gulfport, Bob Short."

Mayor Short countered by saying, "I don't think Ken Combs knows what truth is, more important, he wouldn't know it if it bit him. There's an old appropriate saying here, figures don't lie, shame on you Mr. Combs for misleading the citizens of Gulfport tonight I am going to ask you people to vote for the truth and the future of Gulfport and not live in the past."

So, what about the issues? Democratic candidate the Reverend Zachary Beasley used this forum for just that. "I would like to present a plan to Gulfport that is unlike any other plan, any other program that you ever experienced, I would like to present something new, and this plan includes a program that would bring I would hope enormous growth not only to business community but also to expand our city to new heights."

While the Reverend Beasley talked issues, both Mayor Short and Ken Combs continued to throw punches leading up to their May 15-th showdown.

Ken Combs says, "For nearly four years now, we haven't had a lot going on in our city, we got problems in our city. The biggest problems that we face are money problems and water and sewer problems."

Mayor Short says, "This administration is having to fix problems that were created by the past administration, it's also the past administration that's cost the taxpayers of the city of Gulfport millions of dollars."

Mayor Bob Short and Ken Combs will meet in a run-off election on May 15th to decide the Republican candidate for Mayor and both said they were disappointed with voter turnout this past Tuesday. They both contend that they'll continue to take on the same issues and knock on doors to improve upon the 26 per cent voter turnout.

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