Name: Doug Borgognoni
Previous political office: None
Political affiliation: Democrat
Doug Borgognoni fondly recalls his childhood days when he would take a cardboard box up to the levee surrounding Friars Point and go sledding down the banks. There were numerous hunting and fishing adventures on the land on both sides of the levee.
The Mississippi River levee was a big part of his childhood as his mother and grandmother grew up in Friars Point and he spent a lot of time there.
“I was on the levee,” he said. “We used to play on the levee all the time. When we were kids, you could go behind that levee anytime you wanted.”
Nowadays, according to the 62-year-old Borgognoni, there are too many restrictions and limited public access to the levee and the lands surrounding it.
If elected to the Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board, he aims to strive for more public access.
“I want the levee and levee board property to be for the community and the people of the counties it serves,” Borgognoni said.
Among the items he’d like to see added would be more boat ramps, landings and fishing spots.
He would also like to see the board reaching out to young people, promoting the ideas of hunting and fishing and creating more interest in the pastimes.
While he’s not a member of the numerous fishing and hunting clubs that are located on land leased from the levee board, Borgognoni owns several acres of land along Desoto Lake that he used to use for hunting.
“I know a lot about that … the river, the land behind the levee. I’ve been behind all of it. I’ve been through the floods. We had a big flood in 1973 and I saw what it did. The land that I own now, that ’73 flood washed away 7 acres of that property,” he said.
As a member of the levee board, Borgognoni says he would strive “to keep that levee system maintained” as he says the levee is “in pretty good shape” currently.
A member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and the Clarksdale Elks Club, Borgognoni grew up in Clarksdale and graduated from Clarksdale High School and Mississippi Delta Junior College.
He’s owned Delta Cooling and Heating since 1975 and was married to Lea Duke for 26 years before she passed away from lung cancer in 2004.
“I am a professional businessman and not a politician,” said Borgognoni, who previously ran for the levee board seat two years ago. “I am running for this office to help the community. If elected, that is what I intend to do.”