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Moran seeks Re-Election as OS Mayor

mayor-moran-mml-municipal excellence-award-2012Mayor Connie Moran will seek her third term as Mayor of Ocean Springs in the June 4th general election.

Moran was elected in June 2005, six weeks before Hurricane Katrina devasted the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She has been an adamant leader in the rebuiding effort to ensure the historic integrity and vibrance of Ocean Springs, her hometown.

Moran's administration in Ocean Springs is credited with constructing award winning public facilities, including the new Public Safety Center on Bienville Blvd., the Ocean Springs Ball Fields Complex on Hwy 57, the new Halstead Tennis Complex, Fort Maurepas Waterfront Park, and other projects such as the walking path on Front Beach and Downtown Streetscape Revitalization.

In 2012 Ocean Springs was recognized as the Overall Award of Excellence by the Mississippi Municipal League, and as an "American Crown Community" by American City and County Magazine--a national honor.

"We have never raised property taxes in my administration," said Moran, "and we have been able to build over $40 million worth of projects funded mostly by grants, with only 3% of local match coming from our General Fund."

"Like every small business and household, we have had to make major cuts in face of the weak economy and on the heels of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," said Moran.

Moran is an economic development professional, with over 25 years experience in that field and public service at the state, local and international levels. Before her election as Mayor, she had her own consulting firm in marketing and grants administration. She was Managing Director of the European Office of the Mississippi Development Authority for six years in Frankfurt, Germany, and was Director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation.

Moran is a graduate of Ocean Springs High School, and holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in International Economics and Finance from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated cum laude. She studied at the Institute of World Economics in Kiel, Germany, under a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2006, she was named 'Outstanding Alumnus of the Year" by her peers of the Robert Bosch Foundation on German-American Leadership, for her post-Katrina accomplishments.

"Our sales taxes are rising, and are now $91,000 more in the first half of this fiscal year compared to last year," she said. "I will work closely with the Board of Aldermen, who votes on every budget line item, to ensure that every dollar is wisely spent. In light of my background in economic development and securing grants, I ask our citizens to support me in my bid for re-election, especially to take advantage of upcoming funding anticipated from the BP settlements."

"Like the Biloxi Bay Bridge -- it is our one opportunity to get it right -- and I pledge to obtain a great deal of public input as we formulate new projects expected in the near future, while ensuring the continued financial strength of the City and appreciation for our dedicated employees."

More information on Moran and her campaign can be found on conniemoran.com or facebook.com/MayorConnieMoran. Campaign phone is (228) 238-0578.