Dr. Louie Harrison, longtime dentist in Winona, is seeking election to the District 2 seat on the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors. Harrison is running as an independent candidate.
“I want to have a voice to do some things I believe is beneficial to our community,” Harrison said. “Being a member of the Board of Supervisors will allow me the opportunity to make a real difference in making our county better. If you want to see a change, I hope you will consider voting for me in Tuesday’s General Election.”
Harrison is no stranger to public service. He served for 13 years on the school board of the Winona Separate School District, four of which as president. He was appointed to the board by the Winona Board of Aldermen.
In 2018, Harrison started a grassroots effort to urge residents to help keep Winona clean and safe. Through this effort, known as My Winona, residents joined with business, civic, and church leaders to pick up litter and work together to keep the city clean. He also urged citizens to work with local law enforcement to promote public safety.
“When a business or family is looking for a place to come, they look to see if that place is clean and safe,” Harrison said. “Let’s start there. You have to have the basics. You have got to be clean, and you have to be safe. If you don’t have the basics, there is no sense in recruiting businesses.”
As a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Harrison loves his community, but he believes the county can be better.
“We should continue to improve,” Harrison said. “I’m of the opinion that we can always do better no matter what the situation, and that will be my goal, to always be improving in all areas.”
Harrison said in order to grow the county and prepare for the county’s future professional needs, it must possess certain things people look for when relocating or when developing a new business. Some of those things are good schools, low crime, places to shop, places to eat, and recreational opportunities.
“Montgomery County already has many of these things, but there are areas in which we need to improve,” Harrison said. “We need to focus on our shortcomings and make a plan of action to address them.”
Harrison said he believes Montgomery County should do what is necessary to showcase assets that draw visitors to the area like the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael, the historic Middleton Cemetery, Duck Hill “mountain,” the Montgomery County Coliseum, Christ’s Cross at the Crossroads, and the Winona Recreational Park to name a few.
“These are things that bring people to this community,” Harrison said. “We need to find ways to promote the best things in our community. We need to do what we can to get people to come here.”
Harrison said he understands the importance of keeping the county’s infrastructure and roads maintained. With the county’s tightening budget, he understands the limitations the county has on road paving. However, road maintenance, keeping the roadsides mowed, and litter control should be part of the road department’s regular duties.
“What will it take for us to do better?” Harrison asked.
Harrison has experience working as part of a board, and he has worked with people throughout the county as a volunteer and a business leader.
“I have worked with people in the past to get things accomplished, as a school board member, as a local business owner, as a church member,” Harrison said. “I can work with anyone to make a difference in our county. I believe everyone in the county is important, and their opinions and concerns should be listened to and addressed. If elected, I will be available to anyone who needs my help.”
Harrison has owned Harrison Dental Clinic since he graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in 1986. He is a member and a deacon of First Baptist Church, and he has tried to be an active member of the community with the schools and on the civic level, lending his time and talents when he could.
Married to Sonya Pearson Harrison, the couple has three sons, Will, Cole, and Luke, and one granddaughter, Lillie.
“Over the years, I’ve seen some things in our community improve, and I’ve seen some things decline,” Harrison said. “One thing I do know is that Montgomery County has so much potential, and we need to reach that potential.”
Harrison would love to hear from you. He can be contacted by calling 662-283-4722 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.