A Public Forum was held Saturday in Oxford with the two candidates vying to become Northern District Commissioner for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The Forum attracted a large number of voters from several counties who came to meet and talk with John Caldwell of Desoto County and Mike Tagert, Oktibbeha County, and to hear their positions on various transportation issues. The event lasted more than three hours, as the voters first personally met and talked with the candidates, followed by a thorough Question and Answer session moderated by TEA Party Oxford vice chairman, Ray Garrett.

The candidates fielded questions on topics ranging from their qualifications and experiences to ideas and plans for the State’s future development and improvement of transportation systems. Questions from the floor reflected diverse interests ranging from the proposed new Mississippi River bridge and completion of I-69, to Oxford’s endeavors to enhance availability and safety of transportation via public bus, biking and walking.

According to Garrett, “The Forum was a great success. Both candidates have agreed that
if elected they will sit down with representatives of TEA Party Oxford to discuss ways to reduce the cost of their agency and both support our call to further reduce the cost of government at all levels by ten percent.” Another TEA Party Oxford leader, Doug Adamson, commented “Caldwell did a good job for Desoto County when we lived there. I really liked his stance in favor of term limits and believe he would do a good job for Mississippi.”

Following the Forum, TEA Party leaders met and voted to endorse John Caldwell. Kay Cobb, Chair of the group, observed that “both men are well educated and made excellent presentations. However, John Caldwell brings to the table a broader background and more experience outside the public sector. Although the candidates were in agreement on several issues, there are distinct differences between them, and the Forum made it possible to explore these differences.”

Previous Questions and Responses of the candidates in this race can be found on the TEA Party Oxford website at www.teapartyoxford.com. For more information, contact chairperson Kay Cobb, at [email protected] or 662-816-9316.

Oxford Tea Party Press Release