Price says voters need choice, Snowden stresses seniority
By By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
Oct. 19, 2003
Democrat Donald Price said he is running for the District 83 seat in the state House of Representatives because people deserve to have a choice of candidates
If he didn't enter the race, Price said, Republican Greg Snowden might not have had opposition.
Snowden, a Meridian attorney and a state House member since 2000, said he believes his four years of seniority in the House is vital. Seniority can help legislators land choice committee assignments.
Snowden and Price will meet in the Nov. 4 election. District 83 covers part of Lauderdale County.
Price said everyday he sees concern in the faces of his students at ECCC. He said students are worried about money for school and whether jobs will be available when they graduate.
Price said he respects Snowden. But, Price said, he believes four years in office is enough for a state representative.
If elected, Price said, he would focus on education and tourism. He said there are many local hotels owned by South Asians and he would work to be their voice in Jackson.
Snowden said seniority is one of the most important tools a representative can have and "is essential to being a good leader." He added he has "developed relationships in Jackson that will help my district."
Snowden said the main job of a state House member is to vote on the budget, regulate industry and work in committees. The most important job, he said, is to communicate with people in his district.
If re-elected, Snowden said he would work hard to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the state sales tax on groceries and help the state better control its spending.
Snowden also said he believes in fully funding education, but not at the beginning of each legislative session. Lawmakers fully funded elementary, secondary and higher education early in the 2003 Legislature.