STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A former mayor in the Golden Triangle is back in politics. This time, he’s running for another office in another city.
Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, April 6. Starkville Ward 3 alderman candidate Jeffrey Rupp is unopposed in the primary election and in the June general election.
This means he’ll soon serve on the Board of Aldermen. He’ll replace current alderman David Little.
Rupp previously served as the mayor of nearby Columbus. He left office in 2006 during his second term to work for Mississippi State University in Starkville.
“Each of those communities has their own personality and their own identity and their own set of strengths and challenges,” he said. “So, I’m approaching this a lot differently than I did in Columbus.”
Rupp plans to work on lowering taxes and fixing infrastructure in his ward.
Being unopposed gives him the opportunity to see what folks in his ward truly need help with.
“I have several months now to get up to speed and get smart on the challenges that is Starkville,” Rupp said. “I want to meet with department heads and find out what I can do as an alderman to help them deliver effective, efficient services to the citizens of Starkville.”
Rupp said he’s missed going door-to-door talking with voters. This because of the pandemic.
He hopes by May or early June he’ll be able to get out and meet more of his future constituents.