District 2 in Harrison County extends from the beach to the northern and western reaches of the county and the three candidates for supervisor say the issues in the race are just as far-reaching.
The term of Joe Meadows, who was appointed to serve after the death of William Martin, ends Dec. 31 and the newly elected supervisor will be either Republican Angel Kibler-Middleton, independent Alfred Evans or Libertarian John William Faulkner IV.
Faulkner is 25, "the bare minimum age to run for supervisor," he said, adding he's the only one of the three candidates who has government experience. He's worked as a computer technician for Pass Christian the last five years and contends a computer system is very much like a government -- he fixes the systems and keeps them running properly, just as he says he'll do as a supervisor.
Middleton, 49, says her experience as a registered nurse, the owner of an auto dealership and a horse trader will carry over well into county government.
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She knows how to listen -- "that's just part of nursing," she said. Being a businesswoman and not a politician is a plus with voters, she said, as evidenced by her victory in the runoff election with 62 percent of the vote. "Christian values is a real important part of my platform," she said. "I'm going to do the right thing for my district, period."
Evans, 64, is a pharmacist and knows about service to country and community. His father was a major in the Army and his seven uncles served in every branch of the armed forces.
His contribution is public service and Evans said he is advocating for youth, senior services, improved health care, education and, "probably the most important," the quality of county services.
As he tours District 2 speaking to voters, the most frequently expressed concerns are the state of roads, bridges and drainage.
"That's maintenance," he said, and if that goes unattended, conditions get worse. "We do have some issues," he said, particularly on Landon Road between U.S. 49 and Canal Road, which he said "is tremendously dangerous."
He's also concerned with the condition of the roads at the entrances to the water park and sports complex and the poor impression it makes with people from out of town. "You want your doorstep to be in order so that they come back," he said.
Middleton said she was encouraged to run by people in the community who asked her, "Just take two days and think about what you could do for that district if you had that job."
She brings a different aspect to the office, she said. "I was raised in District 2 in the country and I live in District 2 in the city now."
Her plan is to ask the residents what they would like to see for District 2. "I want to have community meetings and get the community involved," she said. She wants to draw new family activities to the county, such as the petting zoo that operated before Hurricane Katrina, and to enhance the Harrison County Fairgrounds. "That's a jewel," she said.
As a Libertarian, "we're actually focused on getting results," Faulkner said. He sees the lack of equal representation as one of the biggest issues, and said he wasn't notified about some election events.
People are counting on him to be willing to work across party lines, he said. He's already been working in the community for Ballot Initiative 42 to fully fund education and 48 to legalize marijuana, and he worked with taxi drivers to get fair regulations in Biloxi. Some of his priorities as supervisor would be to install more sidewalks, bring back family attractions and be accountable to the residents.
Those elected used to be called "representatives of the people," Faulkner said. "Most are now known as elected officials."