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Pass Christian Candidates Talk About Why They'd Be A Good Alderman-At-Large

On Monday, Pass Christian residents will be able to meet the two candidates running for the city's alderman-at-large seat.

The seat was vacated when Chipper McDermott was elected Mayor of Pass Christian last month.

Michael Antoine works as a Property Management Asset Specialist at Stennis Space Center, but he's no stranger to the world of politics.

The 53-year-old Pass Christian native served as the city's Ward 3 Alderman from 1993 to 2004.

Antoine says his decision to run for office again was an easy one.

"The first thing behind it was the fact that no one was getting any information post-Katrina. People weren't sure whether it was okay to move back. People weren't given information about what it took to get back, and where the funding was coming from," Antoine said.

Philip Wittman has lived most of his life in Pass Christian.

The 37-year-old attorney has a banking and finance background and has also worked as a stockbroker.

Wittman says he wants to use his experience to help the people in his city.

"The reason I decided to run is simply because I saw a need for someone with my qualities on the board, someone who can go out, who knows a lot of people in town, knows what the town wants. I feel like I know most of the people and what direction they want to take in moving the city forward," Wittman said.

We asked both candidates what their top priority would be as alderman-at-large.

"Getting the people back, and I propose to do that, again, by hiring a professional grantwriter to help people with low to moderate incomes to bring housing for them," said Antoine. 

"We have to get people moved in here, so housing is tops on the list. I think that through some public monies, HUD has several programs that we need to seriously go after, as well as private monies," said Wittman.

 You can meet both candidates for yourself at a forum in Pass Christian Monday night.

 It will be held at the Gospel Singers of America Building on Second Street at 6 p.m.

 Both candidates will be there and will answers questions from the public.

By Toni Miles

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