Here's the news release, issued this morning, from the Charles Barbour campaign:
Former Hinds County Supervisor announces candidacy for Jackson City Council Looks forward to once again representing the Republican Party in Jackson Jackson, Miss. — Former President of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors Charles Barbour announces today his candidacy for the Jackson City Council Ward 1 position being vacated due to the resignation of Quentin Whitwell, the current Republican councilman.
“I look forward to representing the Republican Party in Jackson again," said the former two-term supervisor, who points out that Jackson must make major financial decisions in the next few years. "I have worked with elected officials from all points of view in this area, and I am confident that I can help to stabilize Jackson's finances with my fellow council members and our mayor, who I believe is off to a good start.” Balanced budgets and a better financial situation for Jackson are important to Barbour, who was instrumental in leading Hinds County to eight straight balanced budgets. This action “allowed an increase in Sheriff McMillin’s budget, repair of bridges, road improvements, construction of correctional facilities and youth recreational facilities, such as the Hinds County Youth Baseball Facility at Mid Point Park,” he said. In addition, Barbour notes that he is proud to have never voted to raise taxes on the citizens he served.
“I believe strongly in serving and giving back to our community, and I believe that my work as a Hinds County Supervisor, and in the private sector, have given me the depth of experience that I will need to effectively serve the citizens of Jackson,” Barbour said. Barbour, a retired Mississippi Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel, and his wife of 24 years, Rosemary, have two children: Camille, 23, an engineer with Nissan North America, and Allen, 18, a senior at Jackson Prep. The Barbours are members of St. Richard Catholic Church.
Barbour’s campaign urges those who would like to learn more about this candidate, or contact him personally, to email him at [email protected] or access his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BarbourForJackson.