Voters need to study candidates

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 3, 2016

Three men who are vying to become the next mayor of Natchez will be out and about in full force this month lobbying to gain votes.

Two of the three have worked in government leadership positions previously. One is a complete newcomer, though he worked briefly for the city.

Natchez voters must begin to become educated on the men and their positions on issues facing Natchez.

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The new mayor will take over halfway through the city’s biggest celebration, perhaps in its history, Natchez’s 300th birthday celebration.

But beyond the celebration, the mayor will serve for the next four years at the helm of the city during a state of transition. Despite steady work by Natchez Inc., the area’s economic development engine, the city’s economy has still not fully rebounded from the loss of several heavy industries over the last 15 years.

The new mayor will need to be excellent at communicating and working with others in city government, but also in county government as well.

Each candidate brings a unique perspective on the area’s challenges and opportunities. The next several weeks leading up to the primary election on May 10 and the general election on June 7 should provide ample opportunity for voters to fully get to know the candidates and select the person who they feel will best lead Natchez into year 301 and beyond.