By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
PLANTERSVILLE – Incumbent Mayor Gloria Holland, 60, will face the former president of the Lee County Chapter of the NAACP, the Rev. Harold Arrington, in Plantersville’s June 4 general election.
Holland has been mayor for two terms and said she is seeking a third because she would like to continue improving the town.
“We’re working on a huge wastewater improvement program and I want to continue to engage residents in active participation in the work of the town,” she said.
Holland has been a part of three building projects in Plantersville while in office – the Plantersville Town Hall, fire department and community center. She said after finishing those she has no more plans for more city buildings.
“From here I want to be involved with citizens on the day-to-day,” she said. “We established neighborhood watch and want to continue to make Plantersville a safe place to live.”
Holland said her proudest accomplishment in her eight years in office is engaging the youth of Plantersville through the Plantersville Mayor’s Youth Council.
She said she is proud of the strides the city has made with the public service department and the relationship between the police and fire departments.
“I’m also proud of the five-year effort to complete the Plantersville Community Center,” she said.
Holland has spent the past 30 years working in mental health. She is an inpatient psychotherapist at North Mississippi Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit.
“I have a background in social work and being a social worker by birth, degree and profession, and that is important because social workers find a way to meet needs.”
Holland has spent most of her life in Plantersville. Her opponent has not returned numerous phone calls and messages from the Daily Journal for comment.