On a recent visit to Clarksdale, David Singletary said he supported term limits for state elected officials and legalizing cannabis in Mississippi.
Singletary is running for Governor of Mississippi. A native of Jackson and 35-year resident of Biloxi, he is running as an Independent. He served six years in the Air Force with an honorable discharge.
Singletary, who visited Abe's Bar-B-Q, Simmons Jewelry and a local museum in Clarksdale on his way to Southaven Thursday, said he would serve as governor for one term. He would possibly limit other state offices to two terms or eight years for the House of Representatives and 10 years for the Senate.
He said elected officials claim they need to build up seniority to head a committee, but that is the problem. He believes when elected officials are committee heads, they control spending. He plans to rotate committee heads where each person would only be allowed to be the chair for one year.
“People are going to do as little bit as they can to get by here and that’s basically the story you’ve got at the state capital,” Singletary said. “They check in on Monday and they leave. They may work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then they show up on Friday morning and collect a check and they’re out of there, too. The people maybe get three good days a week work out of them when they’re at the capital.”
Singletary said, even with elected officials serving more than 30 years in office, Mississippi is still last in many areas. He expects cannabis to make a difference in the local economy.
“That’s going to be the largest industry across the state,” Singletary said. “It’s going to breathe a breath of fresh air into the Mississippi Delta. It’s going to give you jobs that you don’t have. It might not be that high paying, but at least it’s a job instead of just sitting on your front porch collecting unemployment and dealing drugs on the side because dealing drugs is a cash business.”