Bob Pollard's big claim to fame is that he attended all the meetings of the Board of Aldermen. Well, big whoopy doo! So he's like a bump on the log that never moves? I hate to break it to you, Bob, but voters expect you to DO something while you're there. So what has he actually done?
- Served as Phillip West's lapdog by doing everything he asked.
- Sat in on those closed door meetings and took his voting orders like a loyal soldier.
- Sounded like a redneck with his poor grammar while representing the City to outside interests.
- Allowed an illegal pay raise for Aldermen before considering one for police and firefighters.
- Smirked while his constituents were ignored and abused at Board meetings.
- Wined and dined with all the developers and casino operators looking for business in the city.
- Voted for a corrupt condo deal over a fair one far better for the City.
- Supported the illegal destruction of City property.
Does this sound like someone we want representing Ward 3 and the City of Natchez? Not to me.
Now, look at Gwen Ball, his opponent in this race. It's like night and day.
If Gwen is elected, I guarantee you there will be no closed door meetings that do not clearly abide by the law. All we need is one honest Alderperson who is willing to blow the whistle on illegal activity, and it will no longer happen. On that point alone, Gwen should earn your vote and support.
How will Gwen make decisions? Well, unlike her opponent, it won’t be based on who spent the most money entertaining her. She will first and foremost solicit citizen input. And, as she demonstrated countless times in her appearances before the Board, she will do her research to gather FACTS – something totally lacking during the prior administration.
Someone once said to me, “Gwen will be a great public official, because she cares about the ‘little’ people.” Although I might disagree with the term “little people”, the idea expressed is right on target. Pollard will pay attention to you if you’re important or rich, but Gwen will give everyone equal attention.
Gwen is not afraid to tackle tough issues. She demonstrated her courage when, against all odds, she took on the condo developers. You would not believe the abuse she has suffered, but she has never waivered – because she knew she was right. She showed courage again when she agreed to run for Alderwoman, when everyone said she didn’t have a chance.
Even if she doesn’t win, Gwen has already performed a service for Natchez. She was the first candidate to campaign for open government, and now almost all candidates endorse that position (except Pollard, of course). The next Mayor and Board, whoever they are, will operate in a much more open manner and involve the public in their decisions, and you can thank Gwen for that.
However, I think she’ll win. Why? She has worked very hard, knocking on practically every door in her ward and talking to voters. If she missed them at home, she has tried to call them. And do you know what? When voters meet her, they really like her. Her genuineness comes across, and they trust her to represent them fairly.
Please vote for Gwen Ball on Tuesday, June 3.
A vote for Gwen is a vote for Natchez.