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Candidates for Olive Branch mayor argue their case

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - North Mississippi voters will soon be heading to the polls.  In Olive Branch, two of the five candidates running for Mayor are long time political veterans.

Jessie Medlin is an 18-year County Supervisor who now wants the seat occupied by incumbent Sam Rikard.

"I feel like I can bring some of my government leadership through county government working with budgets and infrastructure and stuff for the last few years," Medlin said.

But Rikard is proud of his achievements.

"It's the safe environment, our park system, our public school system and I think I've been a part of making Olive Branch a success," he said.

Medlin says one of his priorities will be more infrastructure improvements like Craft Road. He's also focused on the economic future.

"I have been on the forefront during my term as County Supervisor recruiting industry," he said. "I want to do anything we can to recruit industry here."

Rikard has served three terms as Mayor, and is pleased with the progress. He's also realistic about the immediate future.

"We may not enjoy for the next couple of years the big increases in revenue that we have for the last 10 years, so were going to have to do a good job on watching the expenditures of the city," he said.

Both men feel confident that the voters will go their way.

Also running in the race is Vicky Reel.  The primary winner will face Dale Bradshaw and Randy Smith on June 2nd.

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