Cindy Shivers Bryan’s early campaign focus is to get out the vote for the Republican primary. A new direction for District 91 starts with the primary in August. For too long, the Democrat party has had a monopoly on public office in the District. Only a real two-party system, with clear choices among candidates, can serve the public interest.
Bryan says her top priority will be to voice the concerns of her constituents in all five counties in the District: Copiah, Covington, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, and Simpson.
- Jobs: People are leaving small towns and their preferred lifestyle because they can’t find jobs where they want to live. “People are compromising in order to find a job just to make ends meet,” she says. “A sound economic policy and the availability of a good education are the threshold of job creation. I will work tirelessly for a vibrant rural Mississippi.”
- Education: Mississippi is known for ranking last in national test scores, but this history doesn’t have to be its future. A major issue is acquiring and retaining quality teachers. Bryan noted that when more budget has been allocated for education in Mississippi, administrative salaries have soared while teachers’ salaries are still scraping the bottom of the national barrel. “We need to pay our teachers,” Bryan says. “The government has not sufficiently funded education for the last three years … we must find the funds to pay for this essential investment in the future.”
- Crime: “Crime reduction needs to stay on the short list of major issues in the legislature, since it affects our life, the future of the state, and our budget. While crime has improved, crime associated with drug manufacturing–particularly crystal meth– continues to spill over into other areas” Bryan says, “ As a start, we need a drug task force, and strict laws and judges.”
- Transportation: “We’ve made strides, but there’s still a long way to go,” she notes.
Bryan knows how to use scarce resources from her eight years in municipal government, serving four years as Alderwoman and four years as New Hebron’s mayor.
“If we were to do an audit of every dollar I brought into the town as a result of my projects, grants, and support, we would be well over the two million dollar mark,” she notes.
Bryan believes the system is broken and we need a fresh vision for dealing with things—one that is firmly rooted in a conservative philosophy of smaller government.
“We’ve arrived at a point where many believe government can and should solve all of our problems,” Bryan says. “But declining revenues and increasing obligations are taking their toll. The state has had to make tough choices and cut funds for even essential programs. It’s clear that we have to be resourceful in order to live within our means. But we don’t have to give up our vision of a thriving Mississippi– we can get there when we make the right choices.”