TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo’s mayoral candidates discussed a variety of topics during a public forum Friday at the city’s country club.
From police interactions to affordable housing - Markel Whittington, Todd Jordan and Victor Fleitas spoke in front of dozens of people, just days before the primary election.
Fleitas is unopposed in his party, meaning his name will not appear on next Tuesday’s ballot.
Whittington, a Republican, said his 12-year city council experience makes him the best candidate for mayor.
“This city council has been challenged with a lot of natural disasters, the murder of a policeman,” Whittington said. “I think that gives me the experience to run the city without any on-the-job training.”
Jordan, a Republican, currently serves as a Lee County supervisor
“I will not sit behind a desk,” Jordan said. “I will be out meeting with people, seeing their concerns, and coming back and getting a plan for their concerns. I believe that's what sets me off from anybody else.”
Fleitas, a Democrat, shared why he believes he’s the best candidate.
“You want someone who can bring people together,” Fleita said. “You want someone who can handle adversarial situations with a sense of grace and decency, and work for the betterment of everybody in the city.”
Fleitas will face the winner of the Republican primary in June.