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Connie Moran, John McKay debate issues in front of capacity crowd


By Mississippi Press Staff | The Mississippi Press | April 30, 2013

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Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran (right) and Jackson County Supervisor John McKay, during Tuesday night's debate at the Ocean Springs Civic Center. (Photo Courtesy Glenn Lancaster)

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran and Jackson County Supervisor John McKay went "toe-to-toe" in the first of two planned mayoral debates.

A capacity crowd filled the Ocean Springs Civic Center to hear the two candidates, who were grilled on a variety of subjects, including city finances/spending, employee raises, their vision for the downtown area and the planned widening of U.S. 90.

Mississippi Press staff writer Warren Kulo served as one of the moderators of the debate, along with James Ricketts of the Ocean Springs Gazette.

In addition to his moderator duties, Kulo provided live updates throughout the debate in the comment fields which appear below this story.

Prior to the mayoral debate, an alderman's forum was held during which each of the 13 candidates for the five contested ward races were given an opportunity to address the audience. Ward III challengers Shawn Senseney and Joey Bellman were no shows. Ward III incumbent Chic Cody did speak.

The alderman's forum ran a bit over the one hour hoped for, so the mayoral debate started at 7:40 p.m. and lasted for about an hour and a half, over the planned one hour.