By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel
RIPLEY – Longtime District 4 Supervisor Dennis Grisham officially announced his candidacy Tuesday for Northern District Transportation commissioner.
Speaking from his campaign headquarters just off the square in Ripley, Grisham said his experience as contractor and supervisor qualifies him to seek the office, which became vacant when Commissioner Bill Minor died Nov. 1.
The special election is Jan. 11.
“As a veteran Tippah County supervisor,” said Grisham, “I know that to most of our citizens transportation means highways – roads to and from work, highways that attract new and expanded industry, and that brings more jobs.
“As your next transportation commissioner, I will be attentive to the needs of business, industry and individuals. Right now there are four major highways from the Vision 21 legislation that need completing – Highways 6, 25, 15 and 9. That impacts all of the northern half of Mississippi,” Grisham said.
Grisham, who is serving his seventh term as supervisor, is past president of the Board of Supervisors. He is also the immediate past president of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors.
“As a businessman who had to meet a weekly payroll for as many as 100 employees, I know how to run a business, and I know the value of a dollar. I pledge to you I will manage the taxpayers’ money as carefully as I managed my own.”