City’s infrastructure needs should be hot topic in 2017 local elections

Published 9:46 am Friday, December 9, 2016

It has been a few weeks since we have all witnessed a campaign commercial or a political yard sign. It has been even longer since we witnessed less than cordial debates between candidates and sparring back and forth between surrogates.

The past month since the end of the presidential election has been almost … nice.

Let us just say it is the calm before the proverbial storm.

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Next summer, voters in Vicksburg will head to the polls for the municipal election.

Qualification will begin soon and there are bound to be a few names — some who might surprise you — running for local office.

Undoubtedly some will say they are going to run, while others will actually sign on the dotted line and put themselves out front for public scrutiny. It is our hometown version of the Hunger Games.

But as we get ready for the upcoming local political season there are plenty of topics current leaders, and those seeking leadership positions, will need to address.

While not a comprehensive list, let us just offer these few topics as a beginning for a much bigger discussion.

Plans for continued development Vicksburg’s infrastructure is a topic that must be discussed and debated.

We have far too often written stories about broken water lines, road issues and the on-again, off-again performance of the city’s water treatment facility. For Vicksburg to look at growth opportunities, we must first be sure the fundamental foundation of our city is strong and that our leaders believe in the need for continued investment.

The city’s waterfront and downtown business district are crucial to the growth of Vicksburg, and it is important our leaders express their support for future development and the continuation of a business-friendly atmosphere downtown.

Again, this list could go on and on. It would include topics such as the sports complex, developments of roads in and around the city and the need for continued — and even greater — support of our school system. The next few months will be raucous we are sure, but it is our hope the campaigns are ones of ideas and centered on Vicksburg’s future.