TUPELO – The city’s two mayoral candidates differed in style, but not opinion, during their first debate since winning their respective primary elections May 5.
Democrat Doyce Deas and Republican Jack Reed Jr. met Monday afternoon at the Rotary Club of Tupelo, where they took turns answering eight questions from moderator and WTVA personality Terry Smith.
They then took two more from the audience of roughly 100 people, who attended the one-hour event at the Summit Center.
Both candidates said they will support area businesses and public education; both promised to communicate and cooperate with the City Council and Lee County Board of Supervisors; both favor Tupelo’s annexation bid; and both hope to continue the city’s Major Thoroughfare Program. Both also want to see more sidewalks and green spaces here.
But while Reed spoke mostly in general terms about his plans for City Hall, Deas delved into specifics.
Read more in Tuesday’s Daily Journal newspaper.
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