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Foster Loses Re-election Bid In Pearl

May 6, 2009
tags: 2009 municipal, Brad Rogers, Jimmy Foster
by Brett

Pearl Alderman Brad Rogers defeated incumbent Mayor Jimmy Foster yesterday with plenty of breathing room in the race for the GOP nomination. With all the precincts reporting, Rogers picked up 2,312 votes (61%) to just 1,332 votes for Foster (35%). Foster was going for a fourth term.

For Foster, this is the second election in a row that he has lost. You may remember he lost the GOP nomination for Public Service Commissioner for the Central District in 2007 to Charles Barbour.

You can learn more about Rogers at his campaign website here.

One of Rogers main goals is Highway 80 revitalization. Pearl has been fortunate to avoid violence from Jackson (unlike other suburbs such as parts of Ridgeland), but the city is showing her age. I would like to see Highway 80 cleaned up, redeveloped, and hopefully look similar to the much younger Lakeland Drive in Flowood.

Foster deserves credit for bring new business to the city, most noticeably the Mississippi Braves and Bass Pro Shops along with the spin-offs that are resulting, but I look forward to seeing what Rogers can do should he defeat his Democrat opponent Don Jackson on June 2.

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