Davis announces candidacy

Published 5:53 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I, Larry D. Davis, would like to announce my candidacy for re-election as Supervisor of District 3. I was born and raised in the Gumpond community and reside in the Sones Chapel community with my wife of 28 years, Robbie Smith Davis. Robbie and I have one daughter and a son-in-law.

I am seeking my third term as supervisor. During my terms as supervisor, the county has seen numerous improvements. A new jail has been constructed as well as a new health department, and we have seen a great deal of expansion to the Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home. There have been numerous upgrades in the county-wide mapping system as well as the road department, which now has an entire fleet of state-of-the-art equipment. When I took office in 2000, there were 74 miles of dirt roads in district three, and with the help of the road department, that number has been reduced to 34. During my term I have helped to bring a great deal of grant money to the volunteer fire departments in my district, four of which were able to construct brand new facilities and all received a new fire truck. I have helped to bring three walking tracks to different communities, and two additional tracks are being constructed. During my terms, there have been eight new bridge constructions, and there are three more which have received approval and will be installed in the near future.

Even with all that has been accomplished, there are still numerous changes that need to take place within the county, and I am completely dedicated to making those changes happen. Pearl River County is experiencing major growth. As supervisor of district three, I feel that it is my responsibility to ensure that this growth leads in a positive direction for our citizens. In January of 2006, the Mississippi Legislature mandated the six coastal counties to develop a set of building codes for their particular county. In April of 2006, the Board of Supervisors adopted a set of codes for our county, but I made the decision to vote against this particular set of codes. I feel that these codes need to be changed in order to better meet the needs of the residents of Pearl River County. If re-elected, I would like to upgrade county facilities in order to make them more accessible to the public. We are in the process of constructing a new building in Picayune to house many county offices, and I would like to see a major upgrade to the offices in Poplarville as well. I would like to increase recreational funding in order to meet the needs of our senior citizens as well as the youth in our county. Another one of my goals is to aid in economic development. I would like to see a larger industrial park in our county in order to bring more jobs for our residents. We have a thriving agricultural community, and I will strive to keep this a part of what our county is all about.

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These are just a few of the goals that I have set forth for the next four years. There are numerous things that need to happen, and I feel that I have the knowledge and experience necessary to get the job done. I would greatly appreciate your vote and support in the upcoming election, and I hope we have the opportunity to work together to better Pearl River County, not only for ourselves, but for generations to come.