Waveland Mayor Race Starts to Heat Up
For the last four years, Mark Kidd has served as an Alderman for the City of Waveland. Now he, along with seven other candidates, has their sights on becoming the next mayor. Kidd says, "I want to work on economic development. We need to entice more businesses, bring in new jobs, new money. We need to work on the cleanliness, from grass cutting to landscaping to promote future growth in our city."
According to Kidd, one of his biggest accomplishments is rebuilding the Veterans Memorial that was washed away by Hurricane Isaac. Kidd also says, "We built it right this time. One thing that we did, we put pilings all on it, so if we get storms here, it will not damage the concrete."
One of Kidd’s opponents and fellow city employee, Brent Anderson, is also running for Mayor. Anderson currently serves as the Public Works Director. Anderson says, "Being involved in all parts of the city from fire, police, public works, building department, flood plain manger, I feel that I’ve learned and come to understand all inner working parts of the city."
Anderson believes Waveland should veer away from retail and invest in technology. Anderson also says, "I believe we need to concentrate on some steady push in a non-retail business, some data technology business, and of course supporting retail businesses already in place."
Mayor Garcia says he will be supporting Fire Chief Mike Smith to replace him because of his well-rounded knowledge of local government. Garcia says, "He’s familiar with government budgeting, he’s familiar with all the programs Waveland is in, from hazard mitigation, all the way to flood program to keep these rates down."
Smith says, "After being here for the almost 27 years, I like the progress the city has made, and I’d like to continue that forward."
Mayor Garcia says he hopes whoever is elected understands how a government is run and can keep the city’s budget afloat.
The other candidates include James Casey, Keith Marquar, Santo Saucier, Jay Trapani, and Joel Wallace. The election takes place on November 4th. If a single candidate does not get more than 51% of the vote, a runoff will be held on November 18th.