Hospital group questions mayoral candidates - - Jackson, MS

Jackson, MS 04/14/09

Hospital group questions mayoral candidates

By Roslyn Anderson - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - As the campaign trail heats up in the Jackson mayor's race, some candidates found themselves gathered for a second straight night to meet with residents.

This time local hospital workers sponsored the event.

The Good Government Group, employees of Central Mississippi Medical Center, hosted a mayoral panel to meet the candidates and hear what they have to say.

Twelve candidates participated.

Each was asked four questions about funding infrastructure and crime fighting and economic development in south Jackson.

"I wanted to see what the candidates were really talking about, and I really wanted to get an informed opinion. We have so many running, and you have to use some type of process of elimination," said Jackson resident Richmond Woodall.  

"The streets are very bad, and business is leaving Jackson. We don't have anything here for the kids. I have not made a decision but I have learned a lot from all of them, and I narrowed it down to four of them," said Jackson resident and business owner Burnadette Lawson.

"I want to see Jackson look like Atlanta or Birmingham. Because it's bad when you see other cities are looking nice, but look at Jackson. It's the capital city come on," said Jackson voter Andre Smith.

The medical industry professionals of the Good Government Group want to make their voices heard about issues facing them and the patients and area resident, for example the roads and conditions surrounding the hospital.

"We've been able to get the roads cleared of trash, get the trees trimmed, get the lights where they're working so that our patients have a safer atmosphere to come to a safer environment to work in," said group member and C.M.M.C. Marketing Director Becky Martin.  

After answering questions those wanting to lead the city were given one minute to sway voters.

Whoever wins the hospital group plans make sure the new mayor keeps a focus on south Jackson.

The Good Government Group political action committee was formed 10 years ago.

There are  450 members at the hospital.  

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