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Alcorn County native sworn in as Amory mayor
by Brant Sappington
Jul 06, 2013 | 241 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alcorn County native Brad Blalock recently took on a new title – mayor of a growing Northeast Mississippi community.

Blalock was elected in May to the top job in Amory after a desire to create a better future for his young son pushed him to run for the seat being left vacant by a retiring two-term incumbent. He was sworn in to begin the new term last week.

A 1996 graduate of Kossuth High School, Blalock is the son of Jim and Linda Blalock who still live in the Kossuth home he grew up in.

Despite his new position, the mayor said he isn't interested in being a politician.

“I'm not very interested in politics,” he said. “I just want my community to be better”.

After graduating from Kossuth, Blalock first enrolled at the University of Mississippi before transferring to Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. where he earned a degree in Biblical Studies.

His degree led him to Amory where he took a job working with a church in the area. He later decided to go back to school to seek his Masters in Education, but while working on that degree he became interested in law, took the law school qualifying test and enrolled in law school at the University of Mississippi.

After completing his law degree he and his wife, Candy, moved back to Amory where he went into private practice as an attorney.

He said watching his son, seven-year-old Cooper, grow up inspired him to run for office.

“I want to make sure my family has a good community to grow up in,” he said.

He plans to focus on economic development, downtown improvement and quality of life issues during his first term as mayor and he said he's thankful for the lessons learned growing up in Alcorn County.

He tries to get back home when he can, but admits busy work schedules and a full list of activities including travel sports teams for his son keep them from making the trip as often as they'd like.
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