Big spending eight-year incumbent mayor Brad Rogers was handily defeated in Pearl’s Republican mayoral primary on Tuesday on a wave of widespread discontent with the tax-and-spend financial practices of Pearl’s Board of Aldermen and the Rogers regime.
Jake Windham, the winner of the primary contest, soundly defeated Mayor Rogers on a wave of dissatisfaction with the City of Pearl’s tax-and-spend culture over at City Hall.
Rogers was at the wheel in Pearl as Mayor for eight years as he and his cohorts on the Board of Aldermen presided over Pearl’s unprecedented financial meltdown.
Pearl’s budget ballooned by nearly fifty percent in just six years from 2009 to 2015, skyrocketing from $12 million annually to more than $18 million per year. During that same time, Rogers allocated fewer dollars to public works, such as roads and infrastructure.
In that time the City of Pearl frittered away its fund surplus and now runs a deficit of nearly $1 million.
Sources in Pearl point to a potential pattern of graft, kickbacks, nepotism, and corruption reaching deep into Pearl’s budget woes.
Aldermen Terry Isshe and Todd Jenkins also participated in the raids on Pearl’s tax payers, but their poor fiscal records caught up with them, and they are on the way out of the Board of Aldermen.
Jake Windham will take on Democrat Willie Robinson in the June 6 general election.