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By NATHAN GREGORY
A second candidate has emerged to run against incumbent Sandra Sistrunk for the Ward 2 Alderman seat as a Democrat.
Lisa Wynn, currently a literacy coach and a trustee for the Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System Board, is a former Starkville School District employee, where she was a special education and reading teacher.
This is not Wynnâ€™s first foray into running for public office. She ran for Oktibbeha County tax assessor in 2011 and was defeated by Allen Morgan.
Wynn said she was encouraged by fellow ward residents to attend aldermen meetings to become more deeply engaged in the inner-workings of city government. The knowledge she gained from those experiences, she said, has prepared her to serve as a board member.
â€śIf the residents of Ward 2 entrust this board seat to me, I will always communicate and make sure that there is transparency,â€ť Wynn said in a release. â€śThis will be a priority on day one. As a candidate, I have started this process of communication and transparency.â€ť
A priority of hers if elected will be boosting economic development in Starkville, she said.
â€śI am a proponent of pro-business for our city. It is imperative that our city starts to grow economically in the areas of quality retail establishments and quality family oriented eating establishments,â€ť Wynn said. â€śThis generates revenue, which in turn can be utilized to fund much of our cityâ€™s aging infrastructure such as street repairs, drainage repairs along with water and sewer systems. This will ensure that our tax mileage doesnâ€™t increase.â€ť
Wynn said she will constantly seek grant opportunities for the city as a means of funding improvement projects while using as little taxpayer money as possible.
â€śThe quality of life is important for the residents of Ward 2 and all residents in our great city of Starkville. This can be done with a great board,â€ť Wynn said. â€śI am excited about the possibility to be part to this process so that growth can occur in our city both economically and through quality retail development.â€ť
Her educational background is another key asset she would use to ensure the Starkville School District Board maintains a quality board of trustees, she said.
â€śI understand that it is essential for our students to flourish academically I am grateful for my background because it provides me with a working knowledge of what should be expected once a candidate applies to become a trustee for our school system,â€ť she said. â€śThe cityâ€™s board is responsible for appointing a majority of these members. It is imperative that the appropriate representation is rendered for one to serve as a trustee.â€ť
Wynn said she wants to build on an already growing relationship between the city and Mississippi State University.
â€śI am an alumna of Mississippi State University and I want to work with a board of leaders that support a working partnership with MSU officials to improve the quality of our city,â€ť she said. â€śOur town can be far greater than what is present before us. The possibilities could be endless under a great board of effective leaders.â€ť