Meet the candidate – Darren Musselwhite

The following information was provided by the candidate.

DEAR SOUTHAVEN…

What a ride this has been!  In 2013, I made the decision for the first time in my life to enter the world of public service.  I had never held an elected office before and honestly, never had any political aspirations.  I sincerely offered myself to you to help our city that was in the midst of some serious problems.  You chose me to be your Mayor and we quickly moved past those problems and brought back our great name by restoring trust with unparalleled transparency.  With your support and along with our Board and team, my business-minded, sound financial managerial approach has proven to serve us well.

During the last eight years, I’ve worked extremely hard for you to make you proud!  It’s so rewarding for me to report to you that our city is thriving in every way!  We are enjoying tremendous success right now with all the vital signs for continued success.  It will always be special to my life to know that my vision, disciplines, and actions will pay dividends to our city for many years to come.  I’ve done what I told you I would do and have continued to under-promise and over-deliver.

We have great momentum at this time!  My priorities of public safety, operational efficiency, aggressive infrastructure improvement, revitalization, beautification, and recreational enhancement will continue to make our city more economically attractive, leading to continued financial stability and ultimately making our city an even better place to live. 

It’s been a tremendous honor for me to serve you for the last eight years!  Thank you for the opportunity and support you gave me to lead our city.  Today, I humbly ask for the opportunity to finish what we’ve started by officially applying for the job as Mayor of Southaven for another four years.

Most sincerely and respectfully,

Darren Musselwhite, Your Mayor

Darren Musselwhite

What is our plan for the future?

Continue with our proven successful plan, of course!  We can expect another great four years for the City of Southaven as we have all the vital signs for continued success.  Our priorities of public safety, aggressive infrastructure improvement, revitalization, beautification, and recreational enhancement will continue to make our city more economically attractive, leading to continued financial stability, and ultimately making our city an even better place to live.

Specifically…

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police Officer Expansion Plan

Fire Station #5 Implementation

Completion of Fire Hydrant Expansion Plan

AGGRESSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT

Getwell South Widening Project

I-55 Widening Project with Church and Star Landing Interchange Enhancements (Contingent upon MDOT and Federal Funding)

Continued Widening and Extension of Arterial Roads as Funding Allows

Street Resurfacing Budget Increase to $4 Million Annually

Continued Drainage Improvement Plan

May Blvd Pedestrian Bridge Completion

Completion and Addition of Pedestrian Trails and Bike Lanes with Connectivity

Main Street Decorative Lighting Project

REVITALIZATION & BEAUTIFICATION

Monument Signs

Landscaping Projects to Continue Street and High-Profile Area Beautification

Wrought Iron Fencing on I-55 Ramps

PARKS & RECREATION ENHANCEMENT & EXPANSION

BankPlus Amphitheater Seating and Concession Expansion*

Indoor Tennis (8 New Courts at Snowden Grove)*

Pedestrian Trail Enhancement and Expansion at Central Park, Saucier Park, and Neighborhood Parks*

Dog Parks at Millford Park and Snowden Grove*

Track & Field Facility at Central Park*

Adult Softball at Cherry Valley (research and design phase)*

*contingent upon tourism tax extension

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

General Recruiting and Development according to Zoning throughout the City

Continued Industrial Expansion and Development

Metropolitan District Capitalization

Snowden District Capitalization

Continued West End District Revitalization

FINANCIAL STABILITY

Continued Development Efforts which Increase Sales Tax Revenues and Stabilize Property Tax Millage Rates

Continued Net Reserve Fund Policy

Continued Aggregate Debt Reduction

Continued Excellence in Financial Reporting with Transparency and Disclosure

Contact Darren Musselwhite

Campaign website: https://bit.ly/3cjR84M

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MayorMusselwhite/

Twitter: @darrenmuss 

Note: Primary Election Day is April 6. Voting hours are from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. To learn where to vote, visit the DeSoto County website or call 662-469-8007. 

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