Longtime Southaven resident and former alderman Harold Moore is tossing his hat into the ring for the Ward 2 Alderman post because he wants to continue what he sees as a lifetime of public service.
"I dearly love this city," said Moore, who currently serves on the DeSoto County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Moore was appointed by District 3 Supervisor Bill Russell to serve an eight-year term.
Moore served the city as former alderman for eight years under the administration of former Southaven Mayor Joe Cates. Moore served as mayor pro tempore under Cates in 1985.
Yet, Moore pledges that if elected he will only serve two terms.
"I'm a term limit person — two terms and I'm out," Moore said in an interview with the DeSoto Times-Tribune. "I believe you can accomplish all that you can do in two terms. If you can't, you weren't all that good to start with," he added.
In addition to his long career in public service, Moore retired after more than 30 years with South Central Bell, now AT&T, in 1991. Upon retirement, he formed Alco, Inc., or Alarm and Communication of Southaven.
"We have about 500 alarm customers and between 65 to 75 telephone customers," Moore said.
Moore has volunteered his services to wire houses for Habitat for Humanity and served four years on the Board of the DeSoto County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
"We built homes for people, that if we hadn't, couldn't have enjoyed home ownership," Moore said. Moore also has more than 52 years assisting the Boy Scouts of America and served as Eagle Board Chairman for the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, Moore served on the Jaycees and City Beautiful boards. Moore also served in the U.S. Army in Europe. He was stationed in France and discharged in 1963.
Moore said the City of Southaven continues to face challenges after becoming the state's third-largest city.
"I-269 people will cause an economic boom in DeSoto County," Moore said. "Our economic development is right on the verge of an economic explosion. The school system is one of the reasons that people are moving here."
Moore knows a thing or two about the quality of the schools in Southaven and surrounding region.
Wife Betty Moore is the longtime Title I coordinator at Hope Sullivan Elementary School in Southaven.
"She's my best asset," Moore said. "In any endeavor I've done, she has supported me."
Moore said he feels like an alderman's job is being responsive to the needs of citizens and that any person elected to that post should be a people person.
"It ought to be a labor of love," Moore said.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.