January 16, 2013 10:33:26 AM
Former Alderman Mary Lee Beal announced Tuesday that she has qualified to run for mayor of Starkville.
Beal, a Democrat, is the third candidate to qualify for the position. She will face incumbent Mayor Parker Wiseman, a Democrat, and Republican Dan Moreland, who qualified earlier this month.
Beal is no stranger to Starkville politics. She served five consecutive terms between 1977 and 1997, serving four terms as Ward 1 alderman and her final term as mayor pro tempore.
Beal lists the continued growth of small businesses as one of her economic development goals if elected. But big industries have a place in Oktibbeha County too, she said, and she hopes to work with the county and the Golden Triangle Development Link to encourage more of those high dollar investments.
As far as city planning goes, Beal sees a need for addressing the city's aging infrastructure, especially sewage and draining.
"In seeking this position, as in serving my 20 years as an alderman, my only focus will be to make Starkville a better place to live for all her citizens; my motive is pure, clean and simple," Beal says on her website. "With Starkville's 'weak-mayor' form of government, the Mayor has limited authority; however, the Mayor can lead the Board of Aldermen so that a sense of cohesive government occurs."