Hancock County Government

Sunday, January 07, 2007

About this Site

Scroll down or see menu to right for candidates running in your district. We're getting lots more comments in, most are posted under individual participants' "pages." Check them out and add your own!


This site is a free community service provided by Coastal Community Watch

Vote on August 7th!
Click here for a Sun Herald article about this forum
Click here for a link to a Sea Coast Echo story on the live forums held July 30th and 31st

Why is this race so important?


According to one local municipal official:

"The Supervisors decide Hancock zoning - which impacts the quality of life for the entire county - including the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland.
They decide which recovery grants to apply for and what projects the funds will be spent on. They set the county budget and the property tax millage.

On a state level, the Mississippi Association of Supervisors has been called the most powerful organization in the state,
influencing policy, law and state budget expenditures.

At this critical time we need leadership that is proactive and selfless to make extremely significant decisions."


How this Site Works

If you scroll down this main page, you'll find:

1. Where and when to vote.

2. How to figure out what district you're in.

3. Instructions for absentee voting and registration

You'll also find information on the Supervisors race, listed by district. Participants who answered a list of questions have their own "page." Beneath their bio, there's a link that will take you to that page to read their answers.

This site is interactive, so you can post comments and questions here and the candidates will be able to respond. We screen all comments before allowing them to appear on-line, so no comments or questions that we deem personally negative or accusatory will be posted.

How This Site Came Together

All candidates below were sent a letter, explaining the rules and offering participation in this free non-partisan forum. If they chose to participate, we posted their photograph and a short statement from them.

On May 24th, we e-mailed a list of questions to all the participating candidates. The candidates had four weeks to answer the questions. None of the answers were posted on-line until the deadline had passed, in order to be fair.

After the election, the site will remain active - the winner's info will remain on-line permanently, as a community service.

We gave this system a "dry-run" for the Waveland race in November 2006 and it was met with enthusiasm by candidates and voters alike. It even received national attention. We're also pleased that some other communities across the country are now interested in starting their own similar sites. Using information instead of advertising to make voting decisions is a growing trend.

A healthy democracy requires active, informed citizens and candidates who want to serve their communities. Our hope is that this site will make both jobs a little easier.



District Map

One of our volunteers color coded this map of the county voting districts - the original was very difficult to read, so we're not guaranteeing the accuracy of this one. Call the Hancock County Circuit Clerk's office at 467.5265 if you want to be sure of what district you're in. You can double -lick on this map to enlarge it and see a basic overview of how our Hancock County districts look:

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Supervisor, District 1

Incumbent:

David Yarborough - Democrat - chose not to participate

Qualifying:

Tyrone A. Fountain - Democrat - chose not to participate

Guy W. Graham, Sr. - Democrat - chose not to participate

Mark Kidd - Republican - chose not to participate

Christopher "Packer" Ladner - Democrat - chose not to participate


Stephanie Davis Ladner - Democrat

I am a lifelong native of Hancock County. I am the daughter of Ruth Bennett Davis and the late H.G. “Red” Davis Jr. of Pearlington, the wife of Russell C. Ladner of Lakeshore, the mother of Betsy, Bubba, and the late Ashley Holden, and the grandmother of Princetta and Gracie also of Pearlington.

As Supervisor of District 1, I will be a strong, energetic, and enthusiastic voice for my voters. I am committed to making it easier for our voters to understand the way the Board’s decisions affect their lives, to have an impact on the positions taken by the Supervisors, and to hold their representatives accountable.

IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE! District 1 needs a strong, independent leader who will have continuing contact with the voters affected by Board actions. Working together we can assure a brighter more prosperous future for District 1.



Ralph L. West, Jr. - Republican - chose not to participate

Friday, January 05, 2007

Supervisor - District 2

Incumbent:

Roderick (Rocky) Pullman - Democrat - chose not to participate

Qualifying:

Norman Ferguson - Democrat - chose not to participate


Guy Fricke - Republican

I am a life-long resident of Hancock County. I am also the owner of GDF Construction. My wife Yolanda and I have been married for 27 years, we have three children and one grandchild.

My goal as Supervisor of District 2 is to ensure that the citizens will be able to rebuild their homes as fast as possible and will not be hindered by the politics of the county. Also, that they will have a better understanding of the progression of their community. It is important to me that you and I in our own community will not be without knowledge of the rebuilding process that is continuing to move forward.

My only political agenda is that the county will be run the way the people of the county want it to be run.

Thank you for your time and I appreciate your vote.

no response before deadline


Cedric Ladner - Democrat - chose not to participate

Tommy McArthur - Democrat - chose not to participate



Larry B. Smith - Democrat

My name is Larry B. Smith and I am running for Supervisor, District 2. I am the son of Pinkie and Pasty Smith and a lifelong resident of Necaise Crossing. I am a 1968 Graduate of Hancock North Central and attended Pearl River Community College and received a Vocational Degree in Pipe Welding.

Currently, I am a Partner in Smith Gravel & Trucking and an active member of Steep Hollow Baptist Church. My family is a very important part of my life. I have two sons, two daughter-in laws, and a granddaughter.

I am running for Supervisor because I believe I can work with and for the people of District 2 so that everyone in the entire district is represented.

no response before deadline


Blake Werner - Republican - chose not to participate



Wayne Whitney - Republican

My main objective for running for county supervisor is simple. Because our county has been through a lot lately,
as we all know, we are faced with many new decisions. I would like to help the people of our county with these decisions - to seek out my neighbors' needs, opinions, questions and wants. To bring them the necessary point of answers. If elected, it will be my first time holding a political office. Maybe this is the approach we need for a better county.

I'm a plain man who is not afraid of challenge and is willing to learn what is needed of me. I'm here to stay and just want a chance to work for my county and its' people.

Thank you and I'll see you at the polls.

Feel free to call 228-304-0217

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Supervisor - District 3


Incumbent:

Lisa Cowand - Republican

I have 17 years experience working as your elected official. I’m proud of the things we’ve accomplished during my tenure and am eager to continue serving the people of Hancock County, especially in this time of great need.

During this time of crisis, my experience has special value. I have established good working relationships with local, state and federal officials and agencies. I possess in-depth knowledge of the complex problems facing us now and I’m committed to working closely with constituents and seeking their input on issues. My vision and leadership has me seek new solutions to problems, as well as working towards completion of current projects. My motivation is to see Hancock County prosper and be managed efficiently.

This is the place where my family and I will spend the rest of our lives. This is our home and I want to help make it a great one. Working together with vision, experience and knowledge, the people of Hancock County have a bright future. I ask for your support and your vote.



Qualifying:

Louie M. Ladner - Republican

I am Louie M. Ladner, life long resident of Hancock County. The fifth son of 12 children born to Clifton and Mazie Ladner. The father of Arlette Bates and Rhett Ladner, and a grandfather of five. A graduate of Hancock North Central H.S., and attended Pearl River Community College, majoring in Electrical Tech. Also, four years JATC electrical training. In my 36 year career I have worked in a supervisory capacity for 26 of those years. I have been employed by Fountain Construction Company of Jackson, MS for the past 18 years as Supervisor of General Construction and Electrical for commercial and industrial projects.

As a former member of the Hancock County School Board for six years, Parish Council member, head of the South Mississippi Bird Hunters Assoc., and a founding member of the Harrison-Hancock Little League, I look forward to bringing a new aggressive leadership with fresh ideas, equal representation for districts, promotion of smart economic growth, a better hurricane preparedness, faster response to disasters, and accountability and efficiency of County Commissions.



Julius A. Martin - Democrat -
chose not to participate

Mike Weems - Republican - chose not to participate


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Supervisor - District 4

Incumbent:

Steve Seymour - Democrat - chose not to participate


Qualifying:

Kevin Ladner - Democrat

A native of Bay St. Louis, I am married to the former Nanette Gaddis of Raleigh, Mississippi and the father of three children. My parents are Frank and Beverly (Schindler) Ladner. I reside in Kiln and attend First Baptist Church in Bay St. Louis.

A graduate of Bay High School and Pearl River Community College, I also attended Mississippi State University. I am a member of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the 2005-2006 Hancock County Leadership class.

I own and operate L&L Homes. In addition, I hold a U.S.Coast Guard Captain’s license and operate a fishing guide service.

As an active volunteer in my community, I have been involved with the O.L.G. Crab Festival, St. Clare Church Fair, Cancer Society Red Beans & Rice Cook-off, Pearl River Community College Hancock County Alumni Fish Fry, Kaboom Kids Playground Projects, and The Gulf Coast Sportsman’s Club’s annual Take a Kid Fishing Rodeo. Double-click here to go to my official website.



Albert J. Necaise - Republican - chose not to participate

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Supervisor - District 5

Incumbent:

Jay Cuevas - Republican - chose not to participate


Qualifying:

"Kojack" Carl Ladner - Democrat

I am a life-long citizen of Hancock County. I've been married to my wife for twenty-five years and have one son that is attending Hancock High School.

After graduating from Hancock High, I went to work for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) for twenty-nine years, eight of which I spent as the Supervisor over Hancock County and another five years spent being Superintendent over Pearl River, Harrison, and Hancock counties.

I've had to maintain the state's roads, bridges, and highways to keep them safe for public use and keep traveling safe. I've also tried my best to satisfy the public and attend to their needs by keeping track and solving complaints by them. It is my wish that I could have the same chance to serve the public by being elected Board of Supervisor from the voters of Hancock County that I did at the Mississippi Department of Transportation. If elected I'm going to be fair, honest, and willing to help and serve the public to the best of my abilities.

no response before deadline



Tony Wayne Ladner - Democrat

Hello, my name is Tony Wayne Ladner. I am seeking the seat of Hancock County Supervisor District 5. I am a practicing Catholic, a life-long resident of Hancock County, and a graduate of Hancock High School. I am married to Yolanda Ladner. I have three beautiful children. I am the former owner of Rockin L Trucking.

I am very committed to being a part of helping establish, create and provide a better and brighter future for Hancock County.

If elected as your Supervisor, I will try to accomplish to the best of my abilities the following concerns of our county:

Management of the County Budget
Promotion of our Economic Growth
Campaigning for State and Federal Funds
Coordinating with all Department Heads
Assisting in Senior Citizen and Youth Programs
Promoting and Managing Recreation
Promoting our Volunteer Services

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 228-669-7031.

no response before deadline



Wanda Ladner - Democrat

“Remember the past, look forward to the future.”

I would like you to know a little about myself. I am a wife of 25 years, a mother, and grandmother. I have worked in banking for 8 years, which will help with any financial and payroll issues that are voted on. I consider myself to be dependable, and hard working.

I have also worked for Hancock County School District in the Transportation Department for 5 years, where I established the bus routes and created maps for drivers. In doing this, I became aware of road conditions in Hancock County. If elected I will see to it that our roads are kept maintained for our children, our vehicles, and our school buses.

I would like to see our Supervisors united and working together to make our county the best it can be. We may have five districts, but we are only one county!





Wesley Lossett - Democrat

I am a graduate of PRC High School and attended Pearl River Junior College. I have worked in law enforcement for 20 years serving the public and performing Administrative capabilities while working with Local Governments.

I have listened to and witnessed the needs and frustrations of the people regarding; lack of improvements, slow recovery process, the red-tape of rebuilding and basic needs not being met in our county.

There is no excuse for our county being so far behind other counties in the process of progression.

I strongly believe all meetings should be publicly announced so that all county residents have the opportunity to attend and be made aware of decisions being made concerning our county, and their communities. I stand firm in my belief of accountability and accessibility of an elected official by their constituents.”

I reside in Kiln with my wife Susan and our four children.


Monday, January 01, 2007

Voter Registration Info

The League of Women Voters has a website full of general voter information, including registration info. The deadline for registration is July 9th, 2007, 7pm.

Their link to the county clerk's office doesn't work, so here's the number: 228.467.5404

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Absentee Voting

This official state site has all the information you'll need to vote absentee - just double-click on the link below:

Saturday, December 30, 2006

When and Where to Vote

The League of Women Voters has a great site to give you most of this information: Registration, eligibility, dates, etc. Just double-click here to access their Mississippi site.

Voting time is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Below is a list of polling places for the various districts:

PRECINCTS

DISTRICT 1


1. ANSLEY COMMUNITY CENTER-ANSLEY RD.
9130 LOWER BAY ROAD

2. LAKESHORE TEMP. BLDG. AT GULFVIEW ELEM.
BY THE GYM

3. CLERMONT HARBOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH-IOOR
5129 IOOR AVENUE

4. ARLINGTON TEMP. CENTER – 1119 DICKS STREET

5. WAVELAND EAST TEMP. BLDG. BY AMERICAN LEGION
208 COLEMAN AVENUE

DISTRICT 2

6. LEE TOWN COMMUNITY CENTER-LEE TOWN RD.
11320 ROAD 228, PICAYUNE

7. FLAT TOP COMMUNITY CENTER-INDIAN RIDGE RD.
23472 INDIAN RIDGE ROAD

8. CATAHOULA TEMP. BLDG.-10028 BROWNS ROAD
OFF HIGHWAY 43

9. PEARLINGTON CHARLES B. MURPHY SCHOOL
TEMP. BLDG. HWY 604 – 6098 1ST AVE.

10. BAYOU PHILLIP COMMUNITY CENTER – 6004 HWY 90

11. WAVELAND WEST WAVELAND ELEM. SCHOOL CLASSROOM
ST. JOSEPH STREET

12. CRANE CREEK COMMUNITY CENTER – 30350 HWY. 603

DISTRICT 3

13. DEDEAUX OLD DEDEAUX SCHOOL
STANDARD – DEDEAUX ROAD

14. NORTH BAY WEST BAY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
750 BLUE MEADOW ROAD

15. DIAMONDHEAD EAST DIAMONDHEAD COMMUNITY CENTER
74618 DIAMONDHEAD CIRCLE

16. COURTHOUSE YOUTH COURT BLDG.
BEHIND COURTHOUSE – COURT STREET

DISTRICT 4

17. KILN WEST COMM. CENTER – 18692 HWY. 43

18. WEST SHORELINE PARK TEMP. BLDG.
10071 KILN WAVELAND CUTOFF ROAD

19. CITY HALL TEMP. BLDG. BEHIND CITY HALL
302 SOUTH 2ND STREET

20. SOUTH BAY CHRIST EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
912 S. BEACH BLVD.

21. NORTH BAY EAST LIBRARY – 312 HWY. 90

DISTRICT 5

22. STANDARD FIRE STATION – 25150 HWY. 603
VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. POST 58

23. EDWARDSVILLE GOVERNMENT COMPLEX BLDG. 13 – B
3068 LONGFELLOW DR.

24. FENTON FENTON COMMUNITY CENTER
2369 KILN-DELISLE ROAD

25. KILN EAST ANNUNCIATION SCHOOL
5380 KILN – DELISLE ROAD

26. DIAMONDHEAD WEST DIAMONDHEAD BAPTIST CHURCH

Friday, December 29, 2006

The List of Questions for the Candidates

Participants will have until June 24th, 5pm, to submit their answers.

1. Why do you think you’d make a good supervisor?


2. What do you think are the three overall priorities for Hancock County?


3. What are your concerns for infrastructure in the county?


4. What are your thoughts on improving communication between the county and city governments for more cooperation and efficiency?


5. Should consolidation of any services be considered between Hancock county and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?


6. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering an Interim Development Ordinance . What’s your opinion of the proposed ordinance?


7. What’s your vision for the Bayou Caddy/Lakeshore/Clermont Harbor area?


8. What are your thoughts on balancing future growth and the quality of life for residents?

Our Proposal to the Candidates

The following letter was mailed to all the Supervisor candidates on 4/12/07, via priority mail with delivery confirmation:



Dear Hancock Supervisor Candidate,

Coastal Community Watch would like to offer you a unique, free way to reach hundreds of potential voters. We’ve set up a new and exciting internet site for Hancock County Supervisor candidates. We “test drove” a similar forum during the Waveland elections in 2006 and it was met with great enthusiasm by press, voters and candidates alike.

The basic site is already set up with lots of voter information, including a list of all candidates. You can check it out by going to: http://www.servehancock.blogspot.com
You can also look over the Waveland site by going to: http://www.servewaveland.blogspot.com .


To participate is free and easy! Here’s how it works:



1. Contact us now - before May 15th - with your name, phone number and e-mail address. We won't release this information to anyone else.

2. We also need a small digital photo and a statement – anything you’d like to say about yourself (150 words max). If you don’t have a photograph, we’ll even take your picture! E-mail Ella Kliger at ellakliger@gmail.com with the information. Feel free to call Ella (857.753.7254) or Ellis Anderson (228.493.2107) with questions or to schedule having a photograph made.

3. We’ll post your info in the order we receive it – so the faster you respond, the more free exposure you’ll get. The deadline for submitting your intent to participate and personal information is May 15th, 5pm.

4. May 16nd, we’ll e-mail (or fax) participating candidates a list of questions related to the future of Hancock County. These questions will be compiled with input by county community leaders and residents.

5. You'll have three weeks to respond. We do ask that you find some way to e-mail your answers back so that we don’t have to retype them. If this isn’t possible, just contact us and we’ll help out any way we can. The absolute deadline to receive your answers is June 6th, 2007, 5pm. Then we’ll post all candidates’ answers on-line (at the same time, in the interest of fairness).

6. When the answers from all participating candidates have been entered onto the website, we’ll alert our 800 plus members to the site, urging them in turn to e-mail all their friends in Hancock County. We’ll also take out ads in the local press and send out press releases to all local media outlets to publicize the site. Our volunteers will put up flyers.

All our efforts will go towards encouraging citizens to inform themselves by visiting this site before voting. During the Waveland election, that site received a lot of attention – WLOX and MSNBC even posted the “link” on their own websites.


A few notes:

This site will NOT endorse any candidate. It is completely non-partisan. Our members and other voters will be able to read your information and answers and make their own decisions.

Any candidate who chooses not to participate (or doesn’t notify us by the deadline of May 15th) will remain on the list of candidates currently posted on our website with a note saying “Chose not to participate.” Any participating candidate who doesn’t return answers before the June 6th deadline will be listed with the explanation of “no response before deadline.”

Since this is an interactive site, viewers will be able to leave comments and questions for candidates and candidates can even respond if they wish. We moderate the forum, which means no comments or questions are posted before we review them. No negative comments are any sort will be posted, by either candidates or citizens.

After the election, the winners will remain on the website, giving you more connection with the community you’ve chosen to serve.


THIS IS A FREE COMMUNITY SERVICE

We're hoping for 100% participation from candidates. After all, who can afford to pass up an opportunity to get your views out to hundreds of active voters? It will also be especially helpful for Hancock residents who are currently living out of the area due to circumstances and are voting absentee.

We're thrilled to be able to offer this platform to both you and the residents of Hancock County. This “cutting edge” internet forum allows voters to make decisions based on information instead of advertising. It’s already gained national attention and the idea is being picked up by other communities around the country. Our hope is to engage as many people as possible in the process of local government - after all - an active community is a healthy one!

As a candidate, you goal is to serve Hancock County and we thank you for your efforts. If you have any questions, please e-mail Ella Kliger at ellakliger@gmail.com or Ellis Anderson at ellis@datasync.com .

Thanks for your time!

Ellis Anderson
President, Coastal Community Watch


CCW is an internet based organization with 800 plus members - mostly residents and property owners in the Hancock Coastal area. We're concerned mainly with developmental issues – hoping that we’ll rebuild wisely and create a great legacy for future generations. "Keepin' the Coast for our Kids," is our motto.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Endorsement

Here's an endorsement of the forum from Waveland Ward 1 candidate - now Waveland Alderman , Lili Stahler.

"I found this novel approach to reaching voters easy and effective. Having my picture and personal information on-line available me connect with citizens here and those temporarily displaced by Katrina. It also takes the guesswork out of voting. Residents know by reading my answers exactly how I stand on various issues. They can make their decisions based on real information. I hope this catches on in other communities - it's a free way for candidates to reach voters and encourages more citizen participation in local government."

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Article on Interim Development Ordinance

From The SeaCoast Echo


By Bennie Shallbetter
Staff Writer

If County Supervisors and the County Planning Commissioners agree, a proposed interim development ordinance could change the direction of the county's growth for the next two years and beyond.

Jeff Loftus and Sue Chamberlain presented Planning Commissioners with a draft of the proposed ordinance at a pubic hearing at Thursday's planning meeting. It calls for dramatic changes in the way the county guides development. Commissioners voted to request a workshop with County Supervisors to discuss its approval.

"This ordinance will send the county in a whole new direction," said commission attorney John Scafide.

The ordinance is meant to be used as a powerful tool for development, especially large development, that may take place over the next two years while the county is in the midst of reorganizing its zoning regulations and re-writing its comprehensive plan.

Though there was very little official comment, it was obvious that the presentation was received with mixed reviews. A group of developers cornered Loftus and Chamberlain outside the door.

Besides stringent conditions outlined for large development, the ordinance also suggest a "development agreement" to be negotiated between the developer and county officials. The agreement could require large developers to provide substantial funding for the construction of needed infrastructure to support their projects. In a largely rural county, with little central infrastructure, the issue of who would foot the bill for non existent infrastructure has been a
major concern.

The interim ordinance could give the county the "teeth" it needs to negotiate by allowing officials to put some of the burden of the cost on those who would be profiting from the improvements. The agreement also contains a clause that would require developers to guarantee the long-term maintenance of both their projects and the infrastructure it
brings.

Some developers grumbled at the high costs that such an agreement would bring to their projects, but without such an agreement the county itself and the taxpayers living there would be left to foot the bill for the additional infrastructure capacity needed for large developments.

The ordinance also outlines standards for minimum service requirements for road access, water and sewer for both large and small development. Subdivisions locating each home on less than 2 acres will need to provide a central water system under the ordinance. Structures higher than 35 feet, or three stories, will need to be equipped with a sprinkler system for fire safety.

Condominium projects will be subject to a detailed list of criteria including extra setback requirements for any buildings in excess of 35 feet in height. The list of criteria will govern site layouts; the location, number, and even the look of building entrances, design features, building materials and more. Building walls facing a street will be required to integrate design features such as textured masonry, windows or vined trellises to break up the monotony of the
walls.

Planned developments will be required to be harmonious with existing neighborhoods in size, landscape, use and more.Under the ordinance they must contain a mixture of dwelling unit types and densities. The ordinance will encourage compatible mix of both residential and non-residential uses in planned developments.

The ordinance will require final approval for projects that deviate from conventional standards be made only after consideration of of a list of around ten criteria including compatibility with existing patterns and densities, the availability of adequate public services such as sewer, water, schools, roads, and fire protection, distance from commercial areas and community facilities, the character of the project, protection of environmentally sensitive lands, effects on the watershed, energy efficiency of the design and more.

The ordinance also expands and outlines the requirements that the developer will have to meet when submitting a project for review. Residential developments will be required to offer amenities, with the number of required amenities depending on the number of units. Amenities may include pools, parks, picnic areas and more. Projects must also include plans for open space, public space and landscaping.

Any changes other than minor changes such as landscaping type or the location of a walkway, which may be approved by the building official, will result in the project being sent back through the review process.

The ordinance also provides more stringent guidelines for development along what are considered arterial roads or entrances into the county and a moratorium on many allowed uses in agriculturally zoned areas, with additional criteria for conditional use requests in those areas. Condominiums, apartments, retail businesses, hotels, restaurants,
automobile lots and more will be restricted in agricultural areas
under the ordinance.

The ordinance was developed by Michael Louer of Planning Works, LLC and Gulf Regional Planning. Funding was made possible through a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority. A copy of the draft may be viewed at the County Planning Office.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Stephanie Davis Ladner


District 1 Candidate

Stephanie Davis Ladner




1. Why do you think you’d make a good supervisor?

I will make a good supervisor for my district because I not only know how to listen, but I actually take time to comprehend what is being said. I also know how to develop my own beliefs and ideas, but still fight for what the people, as a whole, want and need. I am one of those ordinary people who just want to do a job – a job that gives me the opportunity to inform my constituents of the on-going business conducted in the county – and to do that job to the best of my abilities.


2. What do you think are the three overall priorities for Hancock County?

The three issues that I consider priorities are the rebuilding, infrastructure and finances of Hancock County.

- Rebuilding for our businesses and residents is crucial to regaining the spirit of our coastal county. Let’s find a way to provide a sense of ease to our evacuees and give them something to come home to.

- Focusing on our infrastructure will not only improve our necessary utilities, but reinstate a sense of pride in our residents. We need to get the jail, county offices, courtrooms and other useful county buildings back in business. The South County Barn, for example, has not been touched in two years. Our roads, as well as drainage systems, are in dire need of repairs. Another vital improvement that is needed and has been extremely slow in coming is that of the sewage and water. Our county needs a complete detailing before we can ever come to a point of return.

- Our county’s financial status is always going to be an important issue. When both the rebuilding of communities and infrastructure of Hancock County come together, our tax base will increase significantly. Increasing our income should get the ball rolling on the improvements I have previously mentioned. We also need to bring our employee pay scales up to par.


3. What are your concerns for infrastructure in the county?

Because I am from the southern part of the county, it would be assumed that I have reservations about the relocation of our county offices and jail. However, I am very supportive of this move and believe that in the tragic event of another hurricane, we will be better able to get back to business. Some of my concerns for the county include costs of insurance and the hassles residents must go through to obtain permits for rebuilding.


4. What are your thoughts on improving communication between the county and city governments for more cooperation and efficiency?

Quarterly meetings of all elected officials would be a good and effective resolution for improving county and city governments. I feel like one hand does not know what the other is doing at this point. Communication is the key!


5. Should consolidation of any services be considered between Hancock county and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?

I am really not sure at this point that consolidation would be a good thing – let’s first work on getting services up and running throughout the county. The answer to this question will present itself as our services evolve.


6. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering an Interim Development Ordinance . What’s your opinion of the proposed ordinance?

At this time, after researching this ordinance, I cannot answer this question to the best of my ability due to constant fluctuation of the ordinance plans.



7. What’s your vision for the Bayou Caddy/Lakeshore/Clermont Harbor area?

As a resident of Ansley (which is closest to Lakeshore), I personally do not want to see this area overrun by casinos and condos. We already have a casino and while I’m not totally against condos coming in, I think we need to do a lot of cleanup and expansion to the area before that happens. Let’s work on making the area a place families would like to come to and enjoy. I am an advocate for improvements, but we need to get our ducks in a row first.

8. What are your thoughts on balancing future growth and the quality of life for residents?

This question relates to the others in the sense that clean-up is the key to moving forward. That, to me is the most important and initial step. We then need to work on bringing back businesses in our county. Balancing our infrastructure and budget while keeping our way of life is not going to be an easy job. I am up for the task!


Monday, December 25, 2006

Wayne Whitney

District 2 Candidate

Wayne Whitney



1. Why do you think you’d make a good supervisor?

Simply, because I put my community and neighbors first, and not just a select few.


2. What do you think are the three overall priorities for Hancock County?

1. No hassle rebuilding.
2. Open doors and minds for any business.
3. Year-round upgrades and repairs, not 6 months before an election.



3. What are your concerns for infrastructure in the county?

There is too much greed and brother-in-law politics involved.


4. What are your thoughts on improving communication between the county and city governments for more cooperation and efficiency?

Again, as in question # 3, work against favoritism.


5. Should consolidation of any services be considered between Hancock county and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?

Yes, All.


6. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering an Interim Development Ordinance . What’s your opinion of the proposed ordinance?

Both the builders and the county should share the expense and responsibility of additional infrastructure.


7. What’s your vision for the Bayou Caddy/Lakeshore/Clermont Harbor area?

Let development go any way they can. Casino, Hotels, Restaurants, whatever will collect revenues later. Look at Jackson County. Wake up people.


8. What are your thoughts on balancing future growth and the quality of life for residents?

Quality is only achieved by bottom line figures. Let's grow, then we can afford to balance. The more people working, the more spending.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Lisa Cowand


District 3 Candidate
Incumbent

Lisa Cowand


1. Why do you think you’d make a good supervisor?

My children were the main motivation for my getting involved in local government, over 17 years ago and to this day, remain my driving force. I am optimistic about our future. However, I am also concerned about our future.

It is essential that we have dedicated and involved leadership to ensure that our standard of living is not compromised. It is imperative that we continue to seek quality employment, focus on a safe community, strive for a pristine environment and continually improve on our educational systems, so that our families can inherit a community that they too can be proud of. I am committed to ensuring that our standard of living is not compromised.

Serving as your supervisor, I have a great appreciation of the importance that involvement, honesty and full-time commitment hold in the effectiveness of county government. My experience on Planning Boards and Commissions - along with my elected office - have prepared me well for the unprecedented challenges we face.

I am proud of our community – I’m equally proud of my record. I have demonstrated the ability to work with others and achieve positive results. I am committed to openness and involvement. I need your support and ask that you consider my qualifications and sincerity when you make your choice on August 7th.



2. What do you think are the three overall priorities for Hancock County?

1. A post-disaster recovery vision for housing in Hancock County has emerged. Affordable housing is at the top of the list.

2. Katrina’s storm surge resulted in destruction of water and sewer systems, our storm water drainage systems and treatment plants throughout the county. We are now faced with reconstruction and expansion of those systems to enable residential and commercial building.

3. Economic revitalization: Port and Harbor expansions, tourism development and cultural services are all catalysts, having multiple positive impacts on our community and recovery.


3. What are your concerns for infrastructure in the county?

Prior to Katrina, our infrastructure had steadily improved. As you may remember, the Bay of St. Louis was one of the top impaired bodies of water in our state. We have since received the prestigious Gulf Guardian Award for making great strides in cleaning the waterways – all the way to the lower reaches of the Jourdan River.

Now, more than ever, confirmed plans to improve on our wastewater are a must. We don’t want to digress. We cannot afford to cut any corners in insuring that we leave a healthy environment for our future generations to inherit.



4. What are your thoughts on improving communication between the county and city governments for more cooperation and efficiency?

Communication must and can always be improved on. With the monumental task and challenges that Katrina has presented, communications between city and county government was and continues to be a daily routine. Discussions on a quarter basis have and will continue to transpire, to insure a comprehensive recovery.


5. Should consolidation of any services be considered between Hancock county and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?

We have a proven record in consolidating service: Our tax department, E-911, Regional Waste Authority and our Hancock Solid Waste Authority have all worked well. These consolidations not only allow our county to speak with one voice, but open dialogue once again between your elected officials. Recreation and code enforcement could also be considered.


6. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering an Interim Development Ordinance . What’s your opinion of the proposed ordinance?

With the exception to some minor changes, I think it is a good working tool. I support the Interim Development Ordinance. Our county is in the process of updating our comprehensive plan – this ordinance will bridge the gap until our comprehensive plan is in place. Premature development or development of the wrong type or wrong location could prohibit our county’s ability to plan for common sense growth patterns, basic services and other amenities efficiently.
The IDO is essential to the rebuilding of our county.


7. What’s your vision for the Bayou Caddy/Lakeshore/Clermont Harbor area?

As you may know, the C-4 zoning that directly affects that area is in litigation and at this time, I must reserve comment.


8. What are your thoughts on balancing future growth and the quality of life for residents?

Now is the time for us to balance; planning is a must. A comprehensive plan, coupled with an updated land use and zoning plan, will not only guide what our future growth will allow, but where and how it will be allowed as well. Implementation of the IDO will also insure the county’s ability to plan for rational growth patterns, restore basic facilities and provide essential services in an efficient manner.

Economic growth and development should match our citizens expectations for protection of Hancock County’s natural resources.



Saturday, December 23, 2006

Louie Ladner


District 3 Candidate

Louie Ladner


1. Why do you think you’d make a good supervisor?

1. I don’t think I would be a good supervisor- I am positive I would be a good supervisor. I have a very conservative attitude for spending tax money. I have spent most of my thirty-six year career supervising people and budgets in large construction.

I am Louie M. Ladner, life-long resident of Hancock County, the fifth son of 12 children born to Clifton and Mazie Ladner. I am the father of Arlette Bates and Rhett Ladner and a grandfather of five. A graduate of Hancock North Central H.S., I attended Pearl River Community College, majoring in Electrical technology. I also had four years of
electrical training at JATC . In my 36 year career I have worked in supervisory capacity for 26 of those years. I have been employed by Fountain Construction Company of Jackson, Ms for the past 18 years as supervisor of General Construction and Electrical for commercial and industrial projects.

As a former member of the Hancock County School Board for six years, Parish Council member, head of the South MS. Bird Hunters Assoc. and a founding member of the Harrison-Hancock Little League, I look forward to bringing a new aggressive leadership with fresh ideas, equal representation for districts, promotion of smart economic growth, a better hurricane preparedness, faster response to disasters, accountability and efficiency of County Commisions - including the planning and zoning commission.

I make decisions with a vision. I have no obligations to anyone and I will stand boldly for you, the taxpayer. It would be an honor to serve you. Help me to bring conservative smart spending of tax dollars back to county government. Let’s start at home.



2. What do you think are the three overall priorities for Hancock County?

1. Restoring public services to the communities, such as the courthouse and all county agencies. Currently, they are spread out in temporary housing. I believe more interest should be given to the county buildings. We have hurricane season on us again and what would we do in the wake of another disaster?

There has to be included in the planning secure, safe quarters for public documents. The Emergency Operations Center should have a new strong-room constructed building with state-of-the-art storm tracking and communications. At this stage since the storm, you would think that this would have taken place. We still have this operation in one of the older buildings in the county, at the old Kiln Gymnasium.

2. The infrastructure needs to be streamlined and fast tracked to enable restoration of homes and businesses.

3. There has to be better planning for pre and post disasters between local and federal agencies and most of all, we the public have to know - before the disaster - what to do and where to go for relief and when does it get there.

County equipment should be strategically stationed throughout the county for post-storm road clearing. Pre-Katrina all the equipment was moved to the south end of the county and it all went under water and was ruined. I think it would have been better served if it had been ready to open roads in Diamondhead, Dedeaux, Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Kiln and all the other communities that were closed in by fallen trees.

These are just a few priorities that good thinking and planning can take care of - it just takes commitment. I pledge that commitment.



3. What are your concerns for infrastructure in the county?

I think there has to be a plan in place to restore infrastructure as soon as possible after disasters. I think there has to be some vision put into the growth of the areas and building for the future, with quality systems is a must. It is cheaper in the long run. With my experience in building, I feel I can offer a lot to this area. I will see that we have the right infrastructure in place before we overbuild any area. I will protect the taxpayer on development.


4. What are your thoughts on improving communication between the county and city governments for more cooperation and efficiency?

I think there should be a time for all government agencies to have a communications and learning meetings - including school boards. It is important to share ideas and happenings with in the county and cities. I will work to make the communications regular and productive.


5. Should consolidation of any services be considered between Hancock county and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?

Certainly this should be considered and studied. It is possible and logical, is it probable? Probably not. I think the public should be given the information on studies and the savings it could create and let them make the decision. Would I support it? If it is shown to be feasible, yes, I would.



6. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering an Interim Development Ordinance . What’s your opinion of the proposed ordinance?

I have read bits and pieces of this and am not as versed as I would like to be at this time. I think there has to be some guidelines for development. I would not want to do anything to slow growth in the county. I think we have to take an open-minded look at the individual developments and make intelligent decisions on them. If we had done our home work in the past we wouldn’t be faced with this problem now. We have to be careful not to be discriminate in times past and future with a temporary ordinance.



7. What’s your vision for the Bayou Caddy/Lakeshore/Clermont Harbor area?

Bayou Caddy is an area with very high potential. It can be a fine development but has to be done in cooperation with local people and community. I would surely want to look at any county money invested there and what the guaranteed return time would be. I would like to see development there in a smart, planned way, as not to damage natural resources and local living environment.


8. What are your thoughts on balancing future growth and the quality of life for residents?

I stand to protect any community from unwanted influx of development not continuous of what that community started out to be. I believe you live there because of what the community is - not what someone decides to join it with. I do believe and understand the word COMMUNITY! I will support that when it is threatened.

You may reach me at 601-573-8031 or email me at LOUIEMLADNER @ AOL.COM

PLEASE VOTE LOUIE M. LADNER IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY AUGUST 7TH ,

Thank you for reading this and may GOD BLESS US ALL IN HANCOCK COUNTY.


Friday, December 22, 2006

Kevin Ladner

District 4 Candidate

Kevin Ladner


1. Why do you think you’d make a good supervisor?

My honesty and integrity would be an asset when representing the interests of the citizens of Hancock County. The fact that I have been a lifelong resident of this county, affords me the vision of our past heritage and insight into how we move our county forward. I am a proven team player and would work together with the citizens and other elected officials for the betterment of Hancock County.


2. What do you think are the three overall priorities for Hancock County?

It is difficult to only list three because there are so many. However, I think the Courthouse, Jail and Emergency Operations Center are certainly all close to the top, in no given order.


3. What are your concerns for infrastructure in the county?

I am concerned that so many areas in the county still do not have sewer. Maintaining and updating our water and sewer lines will be a vital link to providing our citizens with a better way of life. In addition, I think drainage is equally important. Some areas of our county continue to have standing water and present potential health issues for our citizens.



4. What are your thoughts on improving communication between the county and city governments for more cooperation and efficiency?

Communication is key to the success of any business and government is no different. I think it would be good to have a committee made up of two council members each from Bay St. Louis and Waveland and two Hancock County board members. This committee would discuss ongoing projects of the three entities and look for any efficiency to be gained.


5. Should consolidation of any services be considered between Hancock county and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?

Yes. A prime example would be the building offices. It has been a problem since Hurricane Katrina for cities and the county to keep building officials employed. Consolidating the cities and county building offices would not only be more efficient but provide consistency in having one permit office and one set of rules. This would make it much easier for the citizens trying to rebuild this county.


6. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering an Interim Development Ordinance . What’s your opinion of the proposed ordinance?

Right now, we have nothing in place to protect the county from developers that may not have the funding or the best interest of the county in mind. While this may not be the perfect document, it is certainly a starting point that will protect our interests in the interim until the board can make necessary changes.



7. What’s your vision for the Bayou Caddy/Lakeshore/Clermont Harbor area?

This area has already been designated as a resort district by the board of supervisors. If the area is developed to encourage tourism, I hope consideration is given to preserving some of the natural area and there is a nice balance of development.


8. What are your thoughts on balancing future growth and the quality of life for residents?

Developments will have to be considered on a case-by-case basis so the quality of life is protected for all current citizens. If the developments are quality projects that will move this county forward and increase the tax base, then I would consider the project to be a “win-win” for the county. My ultimate goal will be to rebuild a county where everyone wants to live, work and play.


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wanda Ladner

District 5 Candidate

Wanda Ladner





1. Why do you think you’d make a good supervisor?

I would make a good supervisor because I consider myself dependable, hardworking and a responsible leader. I am willing to make decisions based on how it will affect our districts, our communities, our county. I also have experience in many areas including finance, payroll, business, and road mapping.


2. What do you think are the three overall priorities for Hancock County?

1. Getting our offices rebuilt and our jail up and running.

2. Road maintance for the safety of our children on buses and in vehicles.

3. Getting the supervisors to work together on all issues.



3. What are your concerns for infrastructure in the county?

I think the county facilities need to be rebuilt as soon as possible. The county as a whole is not as far along on building back as I think we should be. Our county needs to give both encouragement to local businesses to reopen and give new businesses the support they need to get started.


4. What are your thoughts on improving communication between the county and city governments for more cooperation and efficiency?

The cities and county governments certainly need to be in communication with one another. I definitely believe that the left hand needs to know what the right hand is doing.


5. Should consolidation of any services be considered between Hancock county and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?

I do not agree with any services being consolidated at this time. I feel that our county has gone through enough changes over the last couple of years. However, I feel it should be considered down the road when we have properly adjusted to the changes we’ve already undergone.



6. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering an Interim Development Ordinance . What’s your opinion of the proposed ordinance?

I feel that our county is not equipped to manage some of the conflicts that may arise due to this ordinance. So many upgrades would need to be made in order to prepare us for upcoming projects or plans encouraged by this ordinance. We should consider how it will affect our fire, police, and other departments, not to mention the residents who live in and around this area. I believe these citizens should have a voice in making this decision also.



7. What’s your vision for the Bayou Caddy/Lakeshore/Clermont Harbor area?

My vision for this area is that I feel it is a residential community and should remain that way where casinos and condos are concerned. I would like to see more residents rebuilding and settling here. A new school and library would be a good start for the parents and children of this area.


8. What are your thoughts on balancing future growth and the quality of life for residents?

I feel that for future growth we need more family oriented businesses. I would like our residents to consider things like miniature golf, a movie theater, more family restaurants, a theme park, a water park, and etc…. Things like this will attract the kind of people we want in our area and maybe they’ll stay.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Wesley Lossett

District 5 Candidate

Wesley Lossett


1. Why do you think you’d make a good supervisor?

I have 20 years of Law enforcement experience. During my years of service I have been in several leadership positions including Patrol Commander, Chief Investigator, and Chief Deputy with a Sheriff's Department. I have worked with all different levels of government including county, city and state. During these years of service I have performed all administrative duties and was responsible and accountable for a budget and expense.


2. What do you think are the three overall priorities for Hancock County?

1. Concentrating on re-building for economic growth of our county

2. To see a fully functional Criminal Justice Center brought back in place for the safety of the citizens and
cost effectiveness of the county's budget.

3. Re-aligning all county budgets and establishing open communications between county governments and the public for the purpose of the residents of our county to be made more informed and active in the decisions being made for our county - along with many more positive financially feasible plans for progression.



3. What are your concerns for infrastructure in the county?

The main concern would be with all new developments taking place in the rural areas of the county: The infrastructure needs should be based accordingly to the population of where new projects would be constructed. Ordinances should be passed to protect the citizens whom are currently residing in the areas of development.


4. What are your thoughts on improving communication between the county and city governments for more cooperation and efficiency?

I strongly believe in solid communication between county and city officials working together for the benefit of the county as a whole and would request a monthly meeting between Board of Supervisors and City Aldermen/Councilmen to discuss current issues which are being brought before the above governments in order to solve countywide issues (for example a Criminal Justice facility).


5. Should consolidation of any services be considered between Hancock county and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?

I believe that some services would be beneficial to all the citizens of Hancock County. Examples of these would be Senior citizens programs, The Boys & Girls Club, etc. The County and Cities should come together and research more community projects that would be beneficial to all residents of Hancock County.


6. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering an Interim Development Ordinance . What’s your opinion of the proposed ordinance?

Because this ordinance is in the preliminary stages of proposal, I will briefly state my opinion. I strongly believe that it should be based on consideration of the proposed development. I believe that each development should be considered on an individual basis, considering what it is and what beneficial need it would meet. Then the decision should be made on what aspects the development would be held accountable for prior to the approval of any development.


7. What’s your vision for the Bayou Caddy/Lakeshore/Clermont Harbor area?

These areas deserve to be rebuilt and re-established with considerable amount of input by the residents that would like to return and currently reside there now. I would like to see these beautiful communities brought back to equivalent or better pre-Katrina status, with the same active roles of community life, outdoor recreation and economic contribution.



8. What are your thoughts on balancing future growth and the quality of life for residents?

The future growth of this county is essential for the quality of life of the residents. They play hand-in-hand roles in economics, safety, revenue, communities, beautification, the future of our children, education, senior citizens, etc. I believe there is certainly much need for future growth for the benefit of all age groups, but not at the expense and opposition of currently established communities. New areas of development need to be strategically placed in appropriate areas that will be beneficial to all current and future residents of the county with consideration to preservation of existing communities, subdivisions, schools, churches, etc.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sun Herald Article on this Forum

6/29/07

Hancock supervisor candidates get online presence

Web site started to inform residents

By J.R. WELSH
baybureau@aol.com

A local civic group has established an Internet presence for candidates in the crowded county Board of Supervisors race, but most incumbents seeking re-election did not participate.

A number of their opponents have participated, posting photos, along with personal information and professional backgrounds. However, only one of the five sitting supervisors - all of whom are being opposed - chose to be included.

The sponsoring group, Coastal Community Watch, said it added the Web page to its unofficial Hancock County site to give residents more information on the heated county races. More than 25 candidates are running for the five supervisors' posts.

A master page for the site can be reached through hancockmississippi.com. Candidates were able to explain their platforms and answer eight questions about their beliefs and the challenges facing county government.

Ellis Anderson, of Coastal Community Watch, said the site is a first for Hancock County elections. The group sponsored a similar effort during the Waveland elections.

"We wanted to make it easy for people displaced by Katrina to see who the candidates are and get information on them, and on absentee voting," Anderson said.

However, the site has no information on incumbent Supervisors David Yarborough, Rocky Pullman, Steve Seymour or Jay Cuevas. All are listed as "chose not to participate."

District 3 Supervisor Lisa Cowand, the sole incumbent who did participate, said the Internet represents a new mode of campaigning. "A lot of people have talked about it," she said. "This was a first for me, and it looks like they're getting a lot of hits."

One of District 1 Supervisor Yarborough's opponents, Stephanie Davis Ladner, is listed on the site. In Pullman's District 2 race, three of his seven opponents - Guy Fricke, Larry Smith and Wayne Whitney - responded. Louie M. Ladner is Cowan's only opponent who participated.

In the race for the District 4 seat held by Seymour, opponent Kevin Ladner is the only candidate who responded. He is also the sole candidate with a link to his own Web page, which has additional information and a photo gallery.

Four candidates running against District 5 Supervisor Jay Cuevas responded and are listed. They are "Kojak" Carl Ladner, Tony Wayne Ladner, Wanda Ladner and Wesley Lossett.

Yarborough could not be reached for comment Thursday, but Cuevas and Seymour said they missed a deadline to be included on the site. "Time got a little short and I just didn't fool with it," Cuevas said.

"I called to do it, but they said it was too late," Seymour said. "I told them I would answer any question they had, and they could put it on the Web site."

Pullman, who is also current board president, said Internet campaigning isn't his style. "I knock on doors," he said. "I answer questions when people want to know. I feel my message is best delivered looking the voter right straight in the eye."

Monday, December 18, 2006

Other Informative Election Sources

The August 1st edition of the Sea Coast Echo has a special supplement on the election, with state and local candidate profiles. It also includes sample ballots. You may pick one up at the Echo office on Court Street in Bay St. Louis (467.5474). Kudos to the hard-working Echo staff for a stellar job.!

US Elections.com - a non-partisan site gives limited infor on candidates running for some state offices.


 
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