Hancock County's growth tops issues in District 5 supervisor race


Voters in Hancock County's District 5 will choose their next supervisor between a candidate with 30 years' experience in a self-started business, and a 20-year-old with big dreams for the county he grew up in.

The candidates on the Nov. 3 general election ballot are Darrin 'Bo' Ladner, 49, and Hunter Adam, 20.

Ladner has managed Ladner's Land Pit since 1985, and said he believes his experience in business will help Hancock County's economic development.

"People keep saying they want new businesses in Hancock County," Ladner said. "I agree with them. We need more businesses to grow our area."

Ladner, a Pearl River Community College graduate, said he can help people who want to start their own business but don't know where to begin.

"I've been there," he said. "I want people to succeed and will show them how."

With the encouragement of friends and family, Ladner said he decided to run because he's a people person who wants to help his community.

"I'm on the phone every single day," he said. "I believe someone vying for this position has to be a reflection of what the voters want."

Hunter Adam, 20, said he sees his youth as a strength.

"I know a lot of older men who don't have a good head on their shoulders," Adam said. "Someone shouldn't be discredited because of a number."

Adam said when he was growing up in Hancock County, he always heard people saying they wanted to move away.

"Not me," he said. "I've always wanted to stay and help Hancock County grow."

The question Adam said he has to answer the most frequently is about his age.

"Some people think it's a real positive that I'm young," he said. "I have a new vision that isn't the same regurgitated old ideals."

Adam, who is enrolled at Pearl River Community College, has been a member of the National Guard since he was 17.

"There was always a burning patriotism in me that I couldn't shake," he said. "I knew I had to try and make a difference."

Adam is running as an independent.

The Hancock County general election is Nov. 3. Voters seeking for information regarding what district they vote in can check a voter precinct locator on the county's website, hancockcounty.ms.gov.