Desoto County News

Horn Lake candidates meet the voters at open house

With about two weeks left before the April 6 municipal primary election, candidates for mayor and aldermen in the four DeSoto County cities have been working hard trying to gain more support for their candidacy.  

Recently, the Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted an opportunity for voters to be able to ask questions of the candidates for mayor and alderman with an Open House at First Baptist Church of Horn Lake. 

The two-hour evening event was not adversarial or set in a debate format, but it was the voters’ chance to see in person who would be on the ballot in the primary and the June 8 general election, chat and get to know the candidates in a more personal setting.  

Horn Lake Alderman at Large candidat Chad Engelke (with tie) hears from voters during the Candidates Open House held at First Baptist Church.
(Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

Much of the conversation featured questions about roads in Horn Lake and future business opportunities may be forthcoming to the city.  

“Our chamber works not only to support our businesses but to promote and engage our community,” said Chamber Executive Director Laura Taylor. “With so many candidates running for office in Horn Lake, we wanted to provide an opportunity to the Horn Lake residents that would allow them to meet all of the candidates and ask questions so they can make informed choices in the upcoming elections.”

Tables were set up in the church’s Family Life Center according to wards and a separate area for the candidates for mayor and Alderman at Large.  

The candidates appreciated the chance to meet the voters and, as one candidate said, “I can sense the positive energy from this. We may be opposing candidates, but with this, we were all focused on the best for Horn Lake as a city.”  

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