Kevin Cox to run for city alderman
Mar 07, 2013 | 2253 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland businessman Kevin W. Cox has announced his candidacy for the Ward 3 Alderman seat in the upcoming city elections on May 7.

Cox, 49, is vice president/general manager of Radio Cleveland, Inc., the largest locally owned broadcast group in the Mississippi Delta.

“After over 20 years of economic and community development experience, I believe I have the skills and vision necessary to be an effective alderman for the residents of Ward 3,” Cox said.

Cox has served as president of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce and the pastoral council at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church, as well as chairperson of Team Cleveland.

He also served a two-year term as chairperson of the Industrial Development Foundation. During his tenure with the chamber and IDF, Faurecia, an automotive parts manufacturer, opened a plant in Bolivar County.

He currently serves as the fund distribution chairman of the United Way of Cleveland-Bolivar County and the finance chair for Mississippi Swimming, the governing body of USA Swimming in the state.

He is vice president of the Cleveland High School Booster Club and the local Crime Stoppers organization and finance chair of Delta Aquatic Club.

He has served on the Delta State University Foundation Board and as past chair of Octoberfest, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and currently serves on Cleveland School District’s Superintendent’s Advisory Council and Cleveland’s Mayor’s Advisory Council.

“Over the last 20 years, I’ve had the opportunity to both work with, and most importantly learn from, community leaders whose vision and work have shaped our city. I believe this knowledge and experience has prepared me to meet the challenges Cleveland faces as we transition from a payroll driven economy to a broader creative economy where the focus is on retail, service, and tourism and its impact on sales tax revenues. It’s important to Cleveland’s future that we make the right decisions during this transition and my background prepares me to do so.”

Cox is a graduate of Bayou Academy and Delta State with a BBA in management.

He is married to the former Anita Harkins of Jackson and has two daughters, MaryBeth, 20, who attends Mississippi State University, and Shelby, 15, who attends Cleveland High.

Cox said, “I would love to visit with anyone in Ward 3 to discuss my qualifications and vision for the city. Please contact me via email at kwc514@yahoo.com or call me at 662.719.6074. Your vote on May 7 is both appreciated and needed.”