Candidates starting to line up for Waveland mayoral election
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 1, 2014, 21:02
On Tuesday, Waveland Mayor David Garcia announced he would not be seeking re-election and is retiring after his term expires in December.
By press time Friday, four Waveland residents had announced that they intend to run for mayor and others said they are seriously considering it. The qualification period for this year's elections begins next Friday, Aug. 5.
This year's city primary elections are scheduled for Nov. 4 and the general election is set for Dec. 2.
Waveland operates under a special city charter and holds its elections on different years than most cities in the state.
The qualifying period will run from Aug. 5 until Sept. 5.
Candidates can run for office by going to city hall during the qualifying period and declaring a specific party.
Independent candidates can also run if they obtain 50 signatures in their respective wards. Prior to Garcia's announcement, local businessman Jay Trapani had announced he was running for mayor.
This week, Waveland Ward Four Alderman Mark Kidd, city Building Official Brent Anderson, and city Fire Chief Mike Smith all said they intend to run for mayor.
Additionally, local businessmen Keith Marquar and Gary Catalano have both said they are considering running.
Trapani has been campaigning for the mayor's seat for the past few months.
"When I look at the work that has been done in Waveland in recent years under very difficult circumstances and with very little resources, I know our city has some very dedicated and hard- working employees," Trapani said via his website. "I am excited about the opportunity to lead such a great team as the next mayor of Waveland."
Trapani is a graduate of UNO in Management and Marketing. He has also been active in youth and community charity events.
Kidd, the sitting alderman in Ward Four, is a certified municipal official, who has also been active in youth sports.
"The reason I am running is to help the city move forward with economic development and bring new ideas to make it happen for the residents," Kidd said.
Anderson is currently the city's building official. He formerly handled Katrina recovery projects for the city and was a member of the police force.
Anderson is a member of the Waveland Civic Association and has helped sponsor charity events for handicapped children.
“I love Waveland," Anderson said. "I’ve lived and worked here all my life and now I’m raising my family here. I want to take my love, dedication and knowledge of our city and continue to build a bigger and better future for our families.”
Smith, the city's fire chief, has worked for Waveland for 26 years.
He said his experience in running a department and familiarity with government have prepared him for the job.
Smith said he respects the other candidates and he has vowed to run a "clean" campaign.
"I am running because it is the right time and the right thing to do," Smith said. "I am not running against any particular candidate, but rather, I am running for this office on my own merits."
None of the candidates who have announced have yet declared a particular political party.
Once they qualify, however, they will have to choose parties or run independent.