Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Blake Ferretti of Cleveland has announced his candidacy for the District 30 position in the Mississippi House of Representatives
“After prayerful consideration, family discussions, and conversations with concerned citizens I have decided to accept this challenge to run for the vacant representative spot,” he said.
“Being actively involved in political issues and volunteering in my community over the last 10 years, my family and I now feel the time has come for me to offer myself as a public servant. I am hopeful that I can bring ideas straight from the people to the Mississippi House of Representatives.”
Blake is a graduate of St. Joseph High School, Mississippi Delta Community College where he obtained a degree in Electrical Industrial Maintenance, and Delta State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
He is a self-made businessman in the Mississippi Delta where he owns and operates several businesses.
Blake and his wife Leah, the former Leah Carlson of Inverness, have been married for 11 years. They are the proud parents of three children Thomas, 9, Henry, 6, and Blake, 2.
Ferretti is a member of Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church, OLV Finance Council, Cleveland Noon Lion’s Club Board, Delta Council, Delta State University Alumni Association, Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member of Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, Octoberfest Chair Person, Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber Award Recipient, Partner with Bolivar County Community Action Rapid Re-Housing Program, Park Commission Volunteer Coach and Sponsor, Founding Member of Grammy Museum of Mississippi, and he is actively involved in Boy Scouts of America.
“We need to rebuild our infrastructure. We have numerous roads and bridges that are not safe for our school buses, farm equipment, and family travel. Our citizens need to feel safe in their communities, workplaces, and our children need to be safe in our schools. I will have to insist that these items be high on my agenda when I am elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. It is also vital that we attract business and industry to our district so that we can create more jobs for our citizens.
“I have been actively involved with my wife, a Dyslexia Therapist, Educator, and Special Needs Advocate in raising awareness for Dyslexia identification, education, and legislation. We have made great progress in this area. There are workable solutions that will enhance our children's learning achievements, without creating a hardship on taxpayers. With these successes you will see our Mississippi schools return emphasis on the students and teachers rather than administration and tests. It is my goal to help reset the standard for education.
“I can promise the citizens of District 30 this, when there is a problem, we will find a solution. When there is a need, we will provide for it. I will remain proactive to get work done in our district and our state.”
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