Meet The Candidates Forum to be held at Municipal Complex—Candidates will speak for 3 minutes starting at 6:30 this Thursday
A ‘Meet The Candidates’ political forum will be held by the Columbus-Lowndes County League of Voters at the city Municipal Complex starting at 6:30 p.m. this evening. More than 20 candidates have already agreed to attend and more are expected. The candidates will be given 3 minutes each to present to the public why they should be elected to the office each are running for.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the forum to be given a chance to meet and greet the candidates who are running for the various offices this year.
State Republican Party welcomes Jeff Smith to the GOP
In a release from the state Republican Party, the organization is welcoming District 39 State Representative Jeff Smith to the GOP. The release reads as follows:
JACKSON – The Mississippi Republican Party welcomes Representative Jeff Smith as the newest member of our party’s caucus in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Smith, who has served Lowndes County in the House since 1992, joined the Republican Party on June 1 when he qualified for re-election in the Republican primary for House District 39. Smith will be joined in the primary by Jack Larmour. The Republican nominee will not face a general election in November.
“I am very pleased to be a Republican,” Rep. Smith said. “With my conservative voting record and good relationship with the Republicans in the Mississippi Legislature and in my District, I feel at home in the Republican Party. As a military veteran and Patriot, I feel I will be comfortable with the Republican Party, and its conservative philosophy, along with the protection of individual rights and the work ethic.”
Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Arnie Hederman added, “Representative Smith’s decision to join the Republican Party means we have reached a new high-water mark in the Mississippi House. Our party’s position in the House is the strongest it has been in over one hundred years. We look forward to a spirited and respectful Republican primary in District 39 this summer, and we are confident that Lowndes County Republicans will choose the best representative for the next four years.”
Paid for by the Mississippi Republican Party.
The criticism of Smith’s change to the Republican Party (small as it is and mainly from his opponent) is only warranted in the opinion of a few because of his ‘promise’ to his dad that he wouldn’t switch parties. But I maintain that Jeff’s political views haven’t changed any at all. He has always been a conservative and his Legislative voting record proves as much. His change from a ‘D’ to an ‘R’ is much ado about nothing. The dynamics of local and state politics have changed drastically since Jeff became a Democrat all those years ago. Much of Caledonia, for instance, was always a stronghold for Democrat candidates in the past…but even that has changed. Those voters haven’t changed their attitudes or idea’s, it’s just that they, too, have moved toward the conservative, Republican right!
More Campaign Signs Come Up Missing
I’m hearing more and more about political campaign signs coming up missing. A few weeks ago, District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith had a considerable amount of signs come up missing. Now, county prosecuting attorney candidate Shane Tompkins is reporting that many of his are coming up gone as well. Tompkins missing signs are more of the 4X8 (foot) variety and those things are expensive. Both Smith and Tompkins said that the signs that are missing were erected on private property and where they had permission to do so, rather than on random roadsides (which would beckon the possibility of the signs being removed from ROW, etc. RW).
Columbus Police Officer receives 30 Workday Suspension—–Officer Rebecca Lomax has wrecked 2 police cruisers in less than a year
During its meeting Tuesday, the city council upheld a suspension of Officer Rebecca Lomax, who has wrecked 2 police cruisers in less than a year, the recent accident sending several people to the hospital with injuries. Lomax will receive no pay during the suspension and won’t be eligible to return to work until August.
Adams, Tagert Have Breakfast with Voters in Area
(Hamilton, Mississippi.) – Boyce Adams, candidate for Northern District Public Service Commissioner and current Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert campaigned together at the Hamilton Community Center on June 7, 2011, for a meet and greet breakfast.
Former Public Service Commissioner Bo Robinson was an honorary guest at the event, which was free to the public, and was hosted by Debbie and Barry Thompson.
Adams said, “I am glad to be joined by Commissioner Tagert to discuss pressing issues with the people of Monroe County and the surrounding areas. The Commissioner has been an excellent advocate for the people of North Mississippi, and both his office and the Public Service Commissioner’s office are important pieces to ensuring economic prosperity throughout the state.”
Tagert stated, “It is always good to meet with voters and constituents. We face an enormous amount of challenges in our state, but have a great opportunity to continue economic development.
Ron Williams can be reached by email at Ronsings2you@aol.com0