2001 Inaugural Address

Mayor A.J. HollowayĆ­s inaugural address for his third term, delivered July 8, 2001, at the Donal Snyder Community Center

Thank you Judge Russell. I hope we can do this again in four years.

Honorable council members, distinguished judges, ladies and gentlemen:

Thank you for being here on this great day. We’ve come through a spirited election and we have a lot of work ahead
of us.

I know everyone on this stage is committed to tackling this hard work and doing what’s best for Biloxi.

But first I want to say thank you.

Thank you for electing me again
to serve as your mayor. I’m humbled by the trust you have put in me over the past eight years.

And I’m humbled to be the first Biloxi mayor in almost 40 years to be elected to three terms. I
can’t tell you how much that means to a hometown boy like me.

And I want to thank the person who has stood with me for the past four decades — through every challenge and every accomplishment.
Of course I mean my wife, Macklyn. I simply couldn’t do anything without her. I also want to thank my family, my children and grandchildren for their love and support. And I want to thank all my friends
for the honor of their confidence.

My fellow Biloxians, I know you have high expectations for the next four years. You re-elected me and you re-elected five of the councilmen on this stage.

That says two things: you like the work we’ve done, and you expect a lot more from us. We’re not always going to agree on everything, but we still have to work hard together to do what’s right for
Biloxi. And I pledge to you today that I will always remain committed to doing what’s right for Biloxi.

As we step forward into the next four years, I think we need to keep the character of our
city in mind. The things that make our home unique.

We’ve grown into a city, but we’ve kept our small-town charm and values.

We’re moving toward a bright future, but we still cherish our
past. We welcome change, but we want to keep the things that make Biloxi what it is – the best city in the state of Mississippi.

It doesn’t matter where you live Ʊ Point Cadet or Woolmarket,
Sunkist or Big Lake. We’re all part of a great city.

It doesn’t matter what color you are or what your heritage is. Biloxi is for all of us.

Today, I ask you all to join me and the others
on this stage. Let’s work together over the next four years so Biloxi will stay the city we all love.

Thank you and God bless you. And God bless Biloxi.