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Candidate Profiles: Oktibbeha County Supervisor District 1


*WILL ATTEND Meet & Greet on July 8

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
I was born (1977) and raised in Starkville, MS. I’m a lifetime resident of Starkville and Oktibbeha County. I’m proud to live here with my family.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
I am qualified for the position I currently hold as county supervisor for many reasons.  I graduated from MSU with a Bachelor’s degree in financial management. My education at MSU prepared me to serve the community. As Supervisor, I’ve demonstrated my ability to make critical and reasonable budget decisions that positively impact the County. Management of county tax dollars is a top priority for residents, and I make careful, planned financial decisions that can benefit everyone. I believe in information gathering and being fully informed on topics before making decisions. I have also served the community as a Firefighter for 15 years. I’m always willing to work hard to help move Starkville, Oktibbeha County, and MSU forward. My experience as a county supervisor these last 3 plus years has given me valuable knowledge that I can continue to apply to the office. I’m an ideal person to serve the people of the County.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
The role of an Oktibbeha County Supervisor is a critical one. As a Supervisor, I make decisions that impact every family in the County. Education, employment, taxes, roads, sanitation, healthcare, police and fire services, community parks, and animal welfare are just a few areas of the job that are addressed. I am comfortable working hard alongside county residents, Starkville city leaders, MSU administrators, and state and national leaders to make Oktibbeha County an even better place to live.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
Oktibbeha County is an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family. The County is experiencing over $100 million in growth through new or recently completed construction and establishment of new businesses. Such growth brings numerous benefits to everyone including our struggling school districts. Budget constraints regularly limit the extent of our progress. The people of Oktibbeha County are hard working, and they share a passion to work together and make our community stronger.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
We should plan to see more growth like we’ve seen over the last few years. Projects like the Cotton Mill project, the addition of two car dealerships, new restaurants, and the numerous apartment complexes that are being built are some of the business success stories that make a huge impact on the County. I’m proud to say we’ve created a more business friendly environment to attract even more businesses to the area. I want to see continued improvements to our road system too.  These efforts project just some of the long-term growth that I want to see come over the next five years.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
More information about me can be found on Facebook at “Help Re-elect, John P Montgomery.” My email address is: and my phone number is 662-418-1614. If you would like a yard sign, or if you want to make a donation, please contact me. Thank you for your support! Please vote for me, John Montgomery on November 3rd.




As part of our monthly Blue Ribbon Business Resources series, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership will provide our membership with an opportunity to meet and hear from local candidates during the next Power Breakfast scheduled for July 8 at 7:30 a.m. at Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville. Register your attendance for the Candidate Meet & Greet, where candidates who accepted our invitation will offer a 5-minute statement, and Partnership members and constituents will have the opportunity for informal conversations with candidates before and after the program. Doors open at 7:00am on Wednesday, July 8. Power Breakfast is free for GSDP member representatives, and non-members are welcome for a fee of $25 per person.