Blake Ferretti, candidate for District 30 House Representative, was in Indianola last week, campaigning during the last leg of the race.
Ferretti is currently in a runoff against Tracey Rosebud, and the election will be held on Tuesday, May 29.
District 30 covers the northern portion of Sunflower County, along with portions of Bolivar, Quitman and Tallahatchie Counties.
Ferretti is married to Indianola Academy graduate and Inverness native Leah Carlson Ferretti.
The Cleveland native said he and his wife work as a team and are passionate about improving a number of things in the Delta region, including education, jobs and infrastructure.
“Our public school systems in the Delta need some improvement,” Ferretti said. “We definitely need to focus on getting additional help and resources (for our schools).”
Ferretti said that Delta teachers are among the lowest paid in the country, while State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright is the highest paid education leader in the country.
Wright’s salary is a reported $300,000 a year.
“I have a problem with that,” Ferretti said.
Ferretti said he believes this contributes to the disconnect between the Superintendent’s office and the local districts in the Delta.
Ferretti also said he would like to help local communities raise more funds for fixing bridges and roads.
Like the sales tax, Ferretti said a higher portion of the gas tax paid in local communities could be sent back to those counties and municipalities to help with infrastructure.
Lastly, Ferretti said he would like to help the area land more jobs in the form of smaller plants that employ 100 to 150 people.
He said the Delta has lost dozens of plants over the last 30 years and that only so much can be done for schools and infrastructure as long as the region lags in job growth.
“You have to create jobs first,” Ferretti said.