Todd Jordan and Victor Fleitas to meet in Daily Journal debate Tuesday night | Local News
TUPELO • Mayoral candidates Todd Jordan and Victor Fleitas will meet on the stage Tuesday night in a debate hosted by the Daily Journal.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Link Center concert hall in Tupelo. Jordan, a Republican, and Fleitas, a Democrat, will answer questions from Daily Journal reporter Caleb Bedillion, who will serve as the event’s moderator.
The event auditorium will open at 5.30 p.m., with seating limited to around 100 people, available on a first come, first served basis.
The Link Center requires participants to wear masks until they are seated, but masking is optional while seated.
A livestream of the event will also be available on ww.djournal.com and various social media platforms.
The May 25 debate comes two weeks before the June 8 general election. With outgoing Mayor Jason Shelton not seeking a third term, the election will determine who holds the city’s highest elected office for the next four years.
“We are delighted that both candidates have agreed to stand in front of voters and discuss the issues facing the city and the next administration. It says a lot about the two men that they don’t fear this opportunity, ”Sam R. Hall, editor of the Daily Journal, said when the debate was announced. “We look forward to a lively but respectful exchange of ideas.”
Jordan, who works in real estate, is currently his first term on the Lee County Supervisory Board. Hailing from Tupelo, he once beat Republican Markel Whittington in a GOP mayor primary.
The son of Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants, Fleitas is a lawyer who has practiced law in Tupelo since 1995. He made his first candidacy for public office.
Jordan’s campaign has sought to pit the GOP candidate against the incumbent Democratic mayor, even as Jordan is seeing a rapid rise thanks to local politics. Shelton saw his once largely bipartisan support, and Republican strategists hope that bodes well for Jordan.
Fleitas, however, hopes voters will always prioritize a pragmatic, policy-oriented campaign over party identification, and that his vision of building effective local government that will improve the lives of all. will win him a chance on the part of the voters.