Hoping to breathe new life into the city, Cedric Dallas is running for City Council Representative in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Putting all of his cards on the table, he is hoping to be the next representative for the citizens in Ward 2.
“I think we’re going to have to get back to the grass-roots of being Americans and citizens,” Dallas says.
He will be running against incumbent Councilwoman Deborah Delgado as well as two others in the primary. Cedric hopes to bring gainful employment to East Hattiesburg, and in turn, hopes that the jobs reduce crime rates.
Ward 2 consists of mostly African American neighborhoods and underprivileged housing. Most of the bigger companies that existed there, such as Hercules, are gone and that part of the city is in some disrepair. An article about how Hercules was and is one of Hattiesburg’s most prolific employers can be found here. Cedric is hoping to bring some change to that part of the city.
Cedric was born and raised in Hattiesburg, but moved away when he went to college. he graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Afterward, he started working for a few Fortune 200 companies. He stayed connected with his Mississippi roots, making three to four trips a year between Manhattan and Hattiesburg.
Discussing crime, Cedric recalls, “The crimes that are reported or that you hear about now – when I was coming up as a little kid in Hattiesburg, you didn’t hear about those crimes. If you did hear about them, you heard about them in some other city or some other state. Now, when they’re in your own backyard, you, as a citizen, have a choice to make. My choice was to run for office.”
The full interview can be seen here.