The Picayune Item
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Mark Thorman has announced his candidacy and released this statement.)
Hello, my name is Mark Thorman.
I am humbly announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Picayune.
I weighed the risk of being called a politician over my desire to serve this city. I’m not. I am a pro-active problem solving leader with the experience and qualities of trust, honesty, and loyalty that the people of Picayune deserve. I got into this race to give the people a choice for a change in leadership.
I want to provide the office of Mayor with bold leadership dedicated to putting Picayune first. I have no conflict of interest. I will have one boss, and that will be the people of Picayune. That should tell you something.
I have been married to my wife Pam going on 40 years. I’m a retired USN Chief Air Traffic Controller. In 1994, I became the Naval Science Instructor in the NJROTC program at PMHS. I wanted to dedicate my life to develop our youth as leaders of Picayune. I will be their voice, and lead them to success. Their future in this city is one of the cornerstones of my campaign. They are the blood lines of our city.
I have a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Arkansas with a concentration in Operations Management. In 1985, I became a Mason in the Daleville, Miss., Masonic Lodge. My government experience comes from four years on the City Council from 1997-2001. Our administration was responsible for the development of Friendship Park and the development of the airport as you know it today.
This great city is crossing a threshold of great economic opportunity. All you have to do is drive through town to see we’re on a pace of unprecedented growth. This is the good thing. Providing the citizens with job opportunities is my top priority.
This vision includes a city, dedicated to improving the quality of life of its people and to bringing a YMCA to this city. Our children have been overlooked too long. My message in this campaign is simple: I will work to make those in charge of running this city responsible to those who pay their salaries.
I will be fiscally responsible and I will work to address the needs of this city honestly, openly, and fairly.
Please vote Mark “Chief” Thorman moderate conservative for Picayune Tuesday, 4 June. Together we will succeed.