OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - Throughout Ocean Springs, campaign signs for the two candidates running for mayor, Kenny Holloway and Melanie Allen, are on almost every corner. The primary runoff election is on April 27 with the winner becoming mayor of Ocean Springs.
Both candidates know how important it is to campaign this week, and Holloway said he is focusing on sharing the values of his campaign with voters.
“We’ve run our campaign on conservative Republican values, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” Holloway said. “We’re positive about our message and we picked five key points: leadership, economic development, infrastructure, amenities, and beautification.”
Allen is also a Republican and said she believes in small government as well as collaborating with residents to help Ocean Springs grow.
“A small government allows for citizen input, and I think that’s crucial. We really need to update our city’s comprehensive plan. It hasn’t been done since 2010,” Allen said. “Since we’re a growing city, that plan is really the way our citizens express their priorities.”
The two candidates both have a plan for successfully leading the City of Discovery. Holloway said to be successful, it is important to have the right team in office.
“We want to have strong leadership in the mayor’s office. We want to be organized. We want to have a team atmosphere there,” Holloway said. “I’ve always said I never want to be the smartest guy in the room, but I want a lot of smart people around me, and that’s what we’re going to focus on, getting that team together.”
Allen believes communication is going to be one of the keys to managing growth and mitigating potential issues.
“We’re at a crossroads here. We’re not the city we used to be and we’re not the city we’re going to become because we’re in a period of growth and change,” Allen said. “I think it’s important to have a proactive mayor who will work with the Board of Alderman to address issues before they become problems.”
Absentee ballots for the primary runoff election are available at city hall Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.