Bay residents headed to the polls in primary
By Dwayne Bremer
May 3, 2013, 19:12
Voters in Bay St. Louis will be choosing a mayor, councilman-at-large, and Ward Six council member this year.
The process begins Tuesday with the city's Democratic primary.
There is no Republican primary in the city, so Tuesday's winners will face off against Republican and Independent candidates in the June 4 general election.
Councilmen Doug Seal, Wendy McDonald, Jeffrey Reed, Bobby Compretta, and Joey Boudin are all running unopposed in their respective wards.
Candidates for the contested races include:
Council Ward Six:
Ray Kidd, 67, Republican.
Occupation: Retired, Ward Six councilman, 2007-present.
Professional experience: Restaurant owner (in business for 40 years.)
Civic experience: Member of the Chamber of Commerce; Coastal Cleanup volunteer for 25 years; sand beach advisory committee member; youth soccer coach; served on tourism and gaming commission advisory boards.
Statement: "I have been committed to the Bay-Waveland area all of my life.
Lonnie Falgout, 62, Independent.
Occupation: Retired (transportation and equipment management industry.)
Professional experience: Budget, planning, and management development, small business owner.
Civic experience: Retired U.S. Navy; member of BSL American Legion Post 139; Bay St. Louis Old Town Merchants Association; originator and coordinator for Bay St. Louis Dixie Youth Softball; Hancock County Hazardous Mitigation commission appointee; past-president of Bay St. Louis Park and Recreation committee.
Clark Breland, 51, Independent.
Occupation: Safety manager for Jacobs Field Services at Sabic Innovative Plastics
Professional experience: 32 Years of industrial maintenance experience.
Civic experience: Served with Bay St. Louis Parks and playgrounds several years; worked with and coached for the Bay St. Louis Babe Ruth baseball, tee ball, and girls fast pitch softball.
Statement: "I am focused on the future of Bay St. Louis citizens and businesses. I intend to keep our taxes one of the lowest on the Coast with no tax increases. I want to continue progress and business growth in the existing areas and maintain what the city of Bay St. Louis already has."
Johanna Spicuzza, 62, Independent
Occupation: Owner & broker of Pro Realty Group
Professional experience: Retired federal employee (23 years), VA/Social Security Administration; licensed real estate professional since 1981.
Civic experience: Bay-Waveland/Hancock Rotary Club; CASA volunteer; 2005 chairperson for Relay for Life; American Cancer Society ceremonies chair 2007-2012; charter member of Bay-Waveland Lions Club; Riverview Civic Association; Alliance of disabled citizens.
Statement: "I've spent most of my life in service to others and I would like the opportunity to serve the citizens of the city I love."
Bennis Moss Jr., 37, Democrat
Occupation: Owner of Moss Towing
Professional experience: Business owner for 18 years (Moss Towing and Auto Parts)
Civic Experience: Bay-Waveland Football Association board member; member of International Towing Hall of Fame.
Statement: "I will work for equal representation for all wards, work with the mayor and council to make sure everything we build is with the citizens in mind. I also want to work with the mayor and council to bring more youth-oriented activities and businesses to our city."
Gregory Farve, 62, Democrat
Occupation: Bay St. Louis code enforcement officer
Professional experience: Retired from Lockeed-Martin and UPS (management capacity)
Civic experience: Lifetime member of VFW, member of Bay St. Louis NAACP, Vietnam veteran.
Statement: "I would love the opportunity to continue to serve and help the citizens of Bay St. Louis. I promise to be a full-time councilman, who is dedicated to serving the people and working to bring 'a place apart' together again."
Mike Favre, 56, Democrat
Occupation: Planning and purchasing agent at Calgon Carbon; production technician (1991-2010), past member of the Hancock County Planning and Zoning Commission creating ordinances and implementing codes.
Civic experience: Member of the Gulf Coast Sportsman Club; member of the Coastal Conservation Association and CCA banquet sponsor, member of the MISFITS car club; OLG Crab Fest supporter and volunteer, past-president of the BSL Little League and Babe Ruth leagues.
Statement: "As a lifelong resident of our city with a history of community involvement, I will listen and make decisions for all the citizens. I will work with the mayor and council to prioritize projects according to needs, enhance the city's business-friendly environment, treat budgets as if they were my own, and not make decisions behind closed doors, unless it is required by law. I want to provide a safe and drug-free environment for all of our children and community. I am beholden to none, but accountable to all."
Gary Knoblock, 50, Republican.
Occupation: Owner of Lighting Quick Signs.
Professional experience: Louisiana Power and Light (1981-1986); police officer in Foxworth, Ms. (1986-1996); business owner 1996-present.
Civic experience: Bay St. Louis Planning and Zoning Commission 2011-present; Rotary Club; Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County; youth sports supporter and sponsor.
Statement: "I am committed to not raising taxes, but rather, finding ways to increase sales tax and growth through tourism, new business, and from scratch. I want to reduce spending, but I'm committed to finding ways to improve infrastructure in Wards Five and Six. I pledge equal representation to all citizens in all wards."