About 150 people came out Thursday to hear mayoral and council candidate pitches at Shiloh Baptist Church, but if you missed it,
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The mayoral field includes incumbent Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, seeking a second four-year term; first-time candidate Dr. Henrilynn Ibezim, a former Citywide at-large Councilwoman Tracey Brown, pastor of Ruth Fellowship Ministries; and Fourth Ward Councilwoman Bridget Rivers.
Running with Mapp are Fourth Ward candidate Steve Hockaday for a four-year term, and Councilwoman Joylette Mills-Ransome, who was appointed in January to the Second & Third Ward at-large seat and is seeking the balance of the unexpired term;to Dec. 31, 2018. Ibezim's running mates are former Councilman Elliott Simmons for Fourth Ward and Cameron Cox for the unexpired term. Brown is running with Terri Briggs for Fourth Ward. Rivers will be on the ballot with Alma Blanco for the unexpired term. Blanco was ill and did not attend the forum.
Reminder: Candidates submitted bios to the League of Women Voters - see here
Issues included public safety, redevelopment, gun violence, need for a community center and the type of medical facility desired for the Muhlenberg site.
Bridget RiversIn opening remarks, Rivers said, "I understand politics," and promised a "full-services community center for our youth."
Dr. Henrilynn IbezimIbezim mentioned Psalm27 and said, "I am running to make a difference."
Rev. Tracey BrownBrown gave a long list of credentials, including leading 30 churches, and said the city needs a youth center that is open late.
Mayor Adrian MappMapp said when he came into office, he found "a city in need of being remade," lacking a chief financial officer for seven years, among other things. Now, he said, crime is down 25 percent and economic development is at an all-time high.
Regarding the 10-acre Muhlenberg tract, Brown, Ibezim and Rivers said the city needs a full-service hospital. . Mapp said, "We are returning health care services to the Muhlenberg campus," saying it had been "abandoned" for the past eight years.
To be continued tomorrow
Terri Briggs, Cameron Cox, Steve Hockaday
Hockaday, Joylette Mills-Ransome, Elliott Simmons