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Biloxi voters will choose new mayor on Tuesday

BILOXI —Biloxi voters will choose the city’s first new mayor since 1993 on Tuesday.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Andrew Gilich and Winfield Swetman III were top vote getters in the April 28 special election to get into the runoff. Together they pulled a little more than half of the 7,679 votes cast.

The winner will complete the remainder of former Mayor A.J. Holloway’s term, which ends July 1, 2017. Holloway resigned in March due to an accumulation of health issues.

Swetman tells The Sun Herald he sees growing the economy and diversifying family entertainment as the key issues.

“Each neighborhood has different quality-of-life issues that are important to them,” said Swetman, a Harrison County supervisor.

Depending on the part of town, he said voters have talked to him about ecology, flooding, speeding and bicycle pathways.

Gilich, a business owner, said economic development and developing Biloxi as a brand are keys to bringing more jobs to the city. It comes down to who can go out and get new business and he said,

“We’ve already had traction from the technology push,” He said.

Business owners contacted him about moving to Biloxi after he proposed making it a “gigabyte city” to attract high-tech, high-paying jobs. “These people want an excuse to come to Biloxi and do business out of Biloxi,” Gilich said.

The new mayor will be paid an annual salary of nearly $116,000 plus benefits.

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