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Pass Voters To Choose New Mayor

With so few places to eat in Pass Christian, Pirate's Cove is usually hopping at lunch. On this day before the mayor's election, instead of talking about hot po-boys and ice cold Barq's, customers wonder which one of three people will become their new leader and how that person is going to pull the city out of Katrina's shambles. 

Lynn Bourdin says, "A lot of people, especially those of us who are from here are interested in the rebuilding and want to see us come back."

Grady Zeiss says, "It's going to have uphill battles with federal funding, FEMA, base flood elevations and all that." 

Tough decisions will loom in front of the next mayor in the face of a tax base that's nearly as empty as many of the city's homes and businesses. 

"Not having enough money for one thing. Being able to manage the money they get from government help. It's kind of hard to plan for the public. You've got to find out where you're at and where you're going and the best way to get there," says resident Joe Henry. 

Another citizen Virgil Harris, says, "They've got parks, streets, houses, low income housing, just many, many challenges ahead. Fortunately for the city we have three really good candidates who want to be the mayor, and I think any one of the three would do a very good job."

Still, it's not a job for everyone. 

"I don't think it's a job I would voluntarily take," says Zeiss.

Lucky for him, Chipper McDermott, Alice Russell, or Margaret Jean Kalif would each be happy to take the job.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7am to 7pm.  

Click here to watch WLOX News interviews with each of the mayoral candidates.

by Marcia Hill

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