Warren County could have four new supervisors after elections

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 2, 2015

We often hear complaints from residents that their elected officials are doing nothing for them. People marvel at how politicians could keep getting elected and manage to accomplish nothing.

Politics is very nuanced and requires a soft touch and lots of patience. It’s easy to stand on the outside and proclaim that if elected “I would accomplish this and this.”

For those that are tired of what their elected officials do in office, the time is now to make a change.

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Three Democrats and two Republicans seek to become Governor of Mississippi. Phil Bryant is seeking re-election and is opposed by Mitch Young. Democrats Robert Gray, Valerie Adream Smartt Short and Vicki Slater seek to become the Democratic candidate of choice.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is challenged by Alisha Nelson McElhenney on the Republican ticket and Jelani Barr and Tim Johnson on the Democratic ballot.

There are other statewide offices that could see a change, but none impact the lives of Vicksburg and Warren County residents more than local offices.

The people who are directly responsible for growth, quality of education and industrial progress are up for re-election. Four seats on the five-member Warren County Board of Supervisors are contested. We are guaranteed to have at least one new face as longtime District 4 Supervisor Bill Lauderdale is going fishing. After 24 years on the board he’s stepping aside for someone else to lead.

William Banks is guaranteed to be re-elected as he is unopposed in the District 2 Supervisor race.

Residents can complain after the election about which supervisor is doing a lousy job, but now is the time to make your voice heard by voting.

Warren County has not seen the economic growth other counties have seen. There’s a myriad of reasons why our community has not lived up to its full potential, but now is time for change.

Make your voice heard and vote Tuesday.