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Vicksburg Mayoral Candidates Meet at Forum

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Seven candidates in the Vicksburg Mayor's race meet for a forum on economic policy on Tuesday night. But for two of those candidates it's a re-introduction to the public after scandal.

"I am a mother, a grandmother, and I have been married to my husband for 28 years," candidate Linda Fondren said during the event.

Fondren spoke openly about her personal life for the first time since she revealed her past - working in a Nevada legal brothel.

Another candidate has been shy to the media for even longer. A grand jury indicted Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield in March on bribery charges.

His campaign continues.

"What you're going to find is that the city of Vicksburg's economy is strong, contrary to what a lot of communities are facing," Winfield said.

But neither of these scandals were addressed during the public forum. The subject was only mentioned in passing by other candidates including Mississippi State Representative George Flaggs.

"It's our most serious and challenging time of our life is before us today - it's going to be on the ballot. Our image has a direct impact on the economic growth and viability of this community. I want to be the CEO of this city," Flaggs said.

Gertrude Young said she is looking to move up from her previously held position in the city's north ward.

"I have a proven record that I took care of not only my district but if you call around south ward I did what I could for that district also because we are one community and not a split community," Young said.

But for Fondren, the only other woman on the ballot, she's now selling her personality as a main reason to vote for her.

"I call myself being pushy. To me I think that's a really good quality and I think that's what this city needs is to be energetic and we have to get after it. We need to get started. This needs to be done," Fondren said.

Both of Vicksburg's Aldermen seats are up for grabs in this election. Party Primaries are on May 7.


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