West Point held forum for mayoral candidates

Five mayoral candidates presented to folks on Zoom why they should be the next mayor of West Point.

Posted: Apr 2, 2021 9:26 AM

WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - A city in the Golden Triangle held a virtual forum on Thursday night allowing all candidates in the upcoming local elections to tell folks why they'd make a great new mayor.

Late last year, current West Point mayor Robbie Robinson announced he will not seek re-election. On Thursday night, five new candidates dove into why they should be the next mayor of West Point.

Each candidate had five minutes to present their platform to folks in the meeting.

Rod Bobo was the first candidate to speak.

Bobo served as a city councilman for four years in West Point. He feels this background makes him the strongest candidate.

“At the very forefront of my platform is economic development and the expansion of our tax base," said Bobo. "The real crops of the matter is jobs, jobs, and more jobs.”

Up next was Cole Bryan.

Bryan emphasized his work at the Mission helping those struggling with addiction.

Like his work, Bryan does not want to give up on the city of West Point.

“I do feel a sense of responsibility to be a part of helping make West Point what it once was or even better," he said. "We do that through three core pillars of thought. Those are three words: unity, progress, and prosperity.”

West Point business owner, Tammy Parkerson, said her focus is working together and cleaning up the city.

“I am running for mayor because I sincerely care about this city and the citizens of the city," she said. "I want to see it grow and prosper in every way.”

The fourth candidate, Jennifer Rene Harper, was not originally from West Point; however, since moving here, she feels she can bring a positive impact to her neighbors.

“When people approach the leaders of the city with ideas to develop programs, events, tournaments, and businesses, the leaders must encourage them instead of discouraging them from pursuing their own passions,” said Harper.

The final candidate to speak at the forum was Homer Ryland.

He explained that he has several ideas ready to make West Point better.

“This is not my first time running. People out there know who I am," Ryland said. "They know what I stand for and they know the integrity that I have.”

The election will take place on Tuesday.

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