Ward 3 candidates



Travis Beard

Age: 68

2415 William Drive

Retired after 43 years as math teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal.

Education Specialist and Master’s Degree in education administration from the University of Mississippi and Bachelor’s degree in physical education and mathematics from Mississippi State University.

Contact at (662) 610-0550 and tlbeard46@gmail.com.



Ed Breedlove

Age: 30

552 West Jefferson St. #2

Education: GED (Attended Tupelo High School)

Assistant shipping manager at Gibson Corrugated, musician and songwriter.

Contact at (662) 322-3421 and edbreedlovejr@gmail.com.



Mike Coutoumanos

Age: 62

102 Hinton Circle

Education: Associates Degree in health sciences from Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Healthcare professional and former Ward 3 councilman from 1997-2001.

Contact at (662) 231-0411 and mcoutoumanos@msn.com.



Lorna Holliday-McGee

Age: 61

1212 Robin Cove

Master’s degree in education administration from Governor State University in Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in English and French from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Former teacher with the Tupelo Public School District.

Contact at (662) 680-8892 and lhollidaymcgee@yahoo.com.



James Hull

Age: 62

1008 Coolidge St.

Executive Director of Move Mississippi Forward, pastor at Mt. Hope Baptist Church in Oxford, media consultant and former WTVA reporter.

Attended West Point High School and the University of Mississippi.

Contact at (662) 213-3027 and jameshull3@aol.com.



James “Jim” Pitts

Age: 65

1012 Monroe St.

Warehouse technician for Comcast.

Collinwood High School (Tennessee)

Contact at 6622602896 or jmsrpitts@comcast.net.



Derek Russell

Age: 29

1694 Valley View Cove

Bachelor’s degree in communications at Mississippi State University and graduate of Tupelo High School.

Director of operations at the Link Centre and veterinary care business owner.

Contact at (662) 690-4011 or wdrussell@gmail.com.

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  • facts

    James Hull: Attended West Point High
    School and the University of Mississippi. Did he get a degree??? Did he
    graduate High School???

    OK, Daily Journal you spelled out education (education) on the
    other candidates why not James Hull. Be consistent on your reporting. Do the
    same for all!!!

    • Guest

      He didn’t graduate from either, the reason why I didn’t write “graduated from” in the story.

    • starkvillecityjail

      He didn’t graduate from either, the reason the section states “attended.”

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  • Ed Breedlove

    Ed Breedlove’s Plan

    The Six Opportunities for a Better Tupelo:

    1. Growing the South Gloster Business District
    Each part of Tupelo is important to the overall success of the city. The businesses in the South Gloster Business District are no exception. Small business owners provide goods and services our city needs, hire our neighbors, and use their hard-earned money to pay taxes to the city. Their efforts and impact on our city cannot be overlooked. We need to encourage support of these business owners and continue improving this area in order to have a prosperous South Gloster Business District.

    2. Investing in Public Transportation
    Tupelo is growing. To continue this positive trend, the question no longer centers on if, but how a public transportation system is implemented. First and foremost, an infrastructure project of this size must have proper fiscal oversight to protect the taxpayers’ investment. Once that is ensured, the benefits will be felt across the city. Men and women will have reliable transportation to job opportunities outside their immediate neighborhoods. Our senior citizens will be able to maintain their independence and leave their grandchildren a world with less exhaust fumes as they utilize public transportation to reach necessary doctor appointments and pharmacies.

    3. Improving our Neighborhoods
    Living in a city that is a safe place to raise a family and do business is crucial. Engaging our citizens to participate in community watch programs is a great step toward making a difference in every neighborhood. Active citizens can also be empowered to revitalize their neighborhoods, making them attractive places for our kids to grow up, customers to frequent businesses, and new families to buy a house or start a business. Finally, providing a positive outlet for at-risk children – through programs like the Boys and Girls Club and PAL – are proven programs that will put our kids on the right path for their future and our city’s future.

    4. Living by the Golden Rule
    Whether because of mental health issues, substance abuse, housing issues, the inability to find a job, or a combination of these factors, too many of our neighbors – veterans or single mothers with their children – go to sleep at night on the streets. It is our moral duty as a city, as its citizens, to find and strengthen public-private partnerships that can take care of our more vulnerable neighbors.

    5. Making Crosstown Intersection a Productive Zone
    Trains at the crosstown intersection stop traffic 20-25 times a day; by 2030, that number will increase to 40-50 times per day. Citizens stand to lose $1.25 billion dollars and spend 52,500 hours waiting for the increased train traffic to pass. While re-routing the trains has been determined as far too expensive, the city can upgrade the safety features at the over 20 train crossings in the city. This will make it safe for trains to cross the city at a faster rate of speed and without using a peace-disturbing whistle.

    6. Prioritizing Education & Workforce Development
    We cannot expect our children to fill the roles of 21st century jobs if we do not continue to provide a 21st century education. Investing in our students and educators must be priority. To ensure success, we need to strengthen and develop after-school tutoring programs, mentor and internship programs, and general information sessions so that our high school graduates know their options and are prepared to meet the challenges of our world today. At the same time, our economy is continually changing, making it imperative that our current workforce is able to retrain for new jobs.

    Realizing these six opportunities will make Tupelo an even better place for more people to call “home.”

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