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The Starkville Rotary Club heard from one of the state’s newest elected officials at its meeting Monday.
Newly elected Republican Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell gave a report on his agency after his first two months in charge. Caldwell is a retired United States Marine Corps officer and former DeSoto County Supervisor. He is a native of Nesbit. He chose to run for the seat after former commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville announced that he would not seek reelection. The state is divided into three transportation districts, with the northern district covering the most counties of the three.
“It’s been a pleasure to get to know the commission,” Caldwell said. “We are the only state in the nation that has (an) elected commission, so if we’re not doing things a little bit different and a little bit better, then we need to fix it, and we don’t need to do that, but I personally believe that the election commission is a good thing. It gives us a connection that you’re not just hearing it all from Jackson, that someone that lives up here with you and works with you and raises our families up there with you, who communicates your desires.”
The Northern District is the largest of the three transportation districts in the state.
“It’s got more miles,” Caldwell said. “It’s got more municipalities, more counties. They tell me we’re getting the most money. I haven’t seen that yet, but it depends on how you count the money sometimes.”
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