RIDGELAND, MS –City of Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee today announced he would seek re-election in the upcoming municipal election. Mayor McGee was introduced at the press conference by 2015 Mississippi Parent of the Year Sissy Lynn.

“Mayor McGee understands that having strong public schools translates into having a vibrant community, which in turn encourages economic development,” said Lynn. “He’s created a quality of life in Ridgeland unlike that of any community in our state. I cannot think of anyone more qualified or deserving to lead our city for the next four years, and I’m excited to support him in his candidacy for re-election of Mayor of Ridgeland.”

McGee, who has served seven (7) terms as Mayor stated, “When Jane and I married in 1971, we looked for a place to call home and in which we would raise our family. We chose City of Ridgeland, and I must say that is a decision we have never regretted.

McGee continued, “When I ran for Alderman, I promised to work hard to make City of Ridgeland a city in which other families and businesses would see the potential that Jane and I saw. Four years later, when elected Mayor, I brought my business background to the office and began the work of building an administration that is responsive and responsible to the residents and businesses of City of Ridgeland.

“Under my guidance, City of Ridgeland has been a model in planned development, and in creation of long-term plans to meet future requirements of services and resources in all facets of the City. My vision included state of the art recreational facilities including multi-use trails and outstanding parks, top rated schools, and building Highland Colony Parkway and creating an environment that would nurture businesses and families in a cohesive, planned development of locally owned business as well as corporate headquarters. Today, Highland Colony Parkway is unlike any development found in the Southeastern United States. Our Comprehensive Long Term Plans are organic plans that are evaluated and updated systematically to ensure our ability to budget and implement projects that ensure a safe city with a viable infrastructure.

“After prayerful consideration and discussions, I have decided to run for another term as Mayor of City of Ridgeland,” said McGee. “It has been my honor to serve the people of Ridgeland as Mayor. Our city is growing stronger every year thanks to the efforts of so many citizens who care about our community. Ridgeland is blessed with high quality of life, low property taxes and low unemployment, as well as strong conservative values. During my time in office, we have added high-quality commercial developments, improved infrastructure, developed first class recreational facilities, and maintained top-rated public schools all without ever raising taxes. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and look forward to earning the support of the voters for another term.

“Running for reelection is not just about what you have done, but what you will do going forward. I look forward to discussing my vision for the future with all of the citizens of Ridgeland in the coming campaign.

“Together we can continue building a City in which families want to grow their families and put down roots and in which businesses build and thrive. My promise to you today is the same as it has always been. I will serve the people of City of Ridgeland with honesty and integrity, always putting the best interests of the City forefront in decision making. As always, my door is open to anyone who wishes to discuss their concerns, opportunities, or visions with me.

“I ask for your vote and support on May 2, 2017.”

McGee, a Republican, is seeking his 8th term as mayor. The Republican Primary is May 2nd. The General Election will be held on June 6th.