Gulfport voters are invited to “Meet the Candidates” running in the March 14 Municipal Election.
This will be a live broadcast at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater located at 5501 27th Ave. S. Facilitated by the League of Women Voters, the “Meet the Candidates” forum will allow the public to present questions on topics relevant to Gulfport.
Two seats are up for grabs in the election. The Ward 2 seat is held by Christine Anne Brown, who is running for re-election. She is challenged by Linda Bailey. The Ward 4 seat is held my Michael Fridovich, who is the current vice mayor. Fridovich has three opponents: Bobby L. Reynolds, Richard Fried and Ernest Stone.
The forum will be broadcast “live” on the city of Gulfport television station, Channel 640 or 97-6 on Spectrum Cable and on the City’s website: mygulfport.us/gtv640.
Gulfport has a Council-Manager form of government. A five-person City Council is elected citywide by the voters, each for a two-year term, except for the mayor who is elected to a three-year term. The city is divided into four wards, each of which is represented by one of the council members. The mayor is the fifth member of the council and is elected at-large, not representing any ward.
The City Council sets city policies, including adopting the budget on or before the beginning of each fiscal year, establishing local laws, and approving large expenditures of city funds. The five members of the City Council appoint a city manager to run the day-to-day operations of the city. The city manager is responsible for city finances and personnel management, as well as other administrative duties.
City Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month.