PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - The qualifying deadline closed on Tuesday, which means Pascagoula residents will see Burton L. “Burt” Hill, Dr. Steve Demetropoulos and Christopher Grace on the ballot.
Hill previously served on the city council. Now, one of his main focuses is to work with what Pascagoula already has, and that is established land.
“You think about Pascagoula, and you don’t think about it being landlocked," Hill said. "We’ve got the Gulf this way..... you got Gautier and Moss Point all this way. So Pascagoula as far as growing land wise, we’re kind of dead in the water so to speak.”
He also noted that since city limits have already been set, they need to work on cleaning up various parts of town like cutting down tall grass and removing dead trees.
Dr. Demetropoulos also agreed that beautification and appearance are also essential in bettering Pascagoula. This includes having a welcoming attitude to businesses that may come to the area, whether it be restaurants, activities or attractions.
Another thing Dr. Demetropoulos believes the city should look into is re-populating the city as well as continuing to support the city’s schools.
“We’ve got to do a great job with our school system, "Demetropoulos said. “We’re already functioning at a high-level but just make sure they’re adequately supported. And people know the good news that’s going on here.”
Christopher Grace is the last candidate running in the special election. Grace wishes to focus on the parks and recreational side of things like bringing back more sailboat regattas and tennis events. He said he hopes the city will rebuild and recover because, for him, Pascagoula was never the same after Hurricane Katrina.
He is also hoping to attract younger generations to the city. He found that a significant portion of young adults have moved to various surrounding areas and even bigger cities. Yet, he wants to do his part in making the city great and appealing because it has been that way for him.
“I decided to run because I am a lifelong citizen of Pascagoula, and I love this city,” Grace said. “Pascagoula has given me so many opportunities to grow, and I want to give back to my hometown and help make this city a great place to live and raise a family for years to come.”
The special election for the city of Pacagaoula will take place on February 11th.