A former DeSoto County deputy sheriff and television photojournaist, Charlie Hoots, has officially filed as a candidate for City of Southaven alderman.
Hoots will appear on the ballot in Southaven's special election, to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to fill the recent vacancy of Ward 2's open alderman seat.
The seat became vacant upon the resignation of former Ward 2 Alderman Ronnie Hale, who resigned last month following an appearance in Oxford on child pornography charges. Hale had also been alleged to have been involved in an act of procuring prostitution.
A familiar face and well-known local resident, Hoots became the first candidate to file the required paperwork with the City Clerk at the Southaven City Hall for this municipal ballot.
“I look forward to working with Southaven's wonderful churches, growing business community, all of our friends and neighbors in this ward,” Hoots said. “We will work hard to keep our neighborhoods safe and secure, and we will stand strong for families in Southaven.”
Hoots is the founder and coordinator of the Colonial Hills Neighborhood Watch. In his campaign promotion, Hoots called the Neighborhood Watch program "a successful and acclaimed program that has helped to lower crime rates by over 20 percent in Colonial Hills in the past four years."
Hoots previously served as a Deputy Sheriff and co-creator of the Aviation Unit of the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department. With this experience in law enforcement, Hoots' campaign motto is “Working for Safe Neighborhoods.”
Hoots also founded Broken Together Ministries, a Christian fellowship specializing in healing marriages and relationships through faith, prayer, and counseling. He is an active member of SouthPoint Church in Southaven. Following 30 years as a photojournalist with WREG News Channel 3, Hoots is the publisher and owner of the online DeSoto County Newsroom.
A 40-year resident of Colonial Hills in Southaven, Hoots addressed issues affecting the largely older city ward.
“Our Ward 2 area is the main part of the original Southaven, and we don't want it to be overlooked. With Southaven having enjoyed prosperity and growth in becoming Mississippi's third-largest city, we also want to keep and promote our traditional values that have been a hallmark of the Top of Mississippi.”
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.