Busy Election Season Begins in Southaven

Busy Election Season Begins in Southaven

The new year will bring new choices for Southaven, Mississippi. 2013's election season is expected to be the city's busiest.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - The new year will bring new choices for Southaven, Mississippi. 2013's election season is expected to be the city's busiest.

Mayor Greg Davis was indicted last month on embezzlement charges. Federal, state and local agencies are still investigating him.

Davis' is term is up this year, so are terms for the seven Southaven aldermen.

Candidates began filing for office this week. Residents are paying close attention.

"Everybody's not happy with the way the government's been run here in Southaven," says Grace Holland.

2013's city elections will be the public's time to express exactly how they feel about Southaven's leadership.

"I think it's the most controversial with the mayor," says Jim Hannah. "He's been in here for a while now. With all that's been going on, I'm pretty sure they're going to be ready to try to vote him out."

So far, two people have filed to run for mayor. More are expected to announce between now and March.

The city's aldermen races promise to be competitive too.

"We know there's quite a bit of discontent in the community, with what's been happening the last couple of years especially," says Aldermen Ronnie Hale. "It's going to bring out quite a few people that are going to try to run for office."

"Turning their head the other way didn't help the situation," says Holland. "Probably new leadership all the way around."

Not everyone's calling for heads to roll.

"We need somebody that's been in here for a little while to kind of keep a grip on things," says Hannah.

"It would be detrimental to the city in my opinion to do a total change out," Hale adds. He understands resident's frustrations. He says the board has worked hard to quell those the past two years, adding a totally new board would slow down city operations.

"Because you've got new people coming in that are already going to have to learn and they learn from experienced ones on the board," Hale says. "It takes six or seven months just to learn what you can or can't do, and what sounds good is not necessarily a legal thing to do."

Mayor Davis says he has not decided whether he will run again. The deadline to file is in March. The primary election will be held in May, and the general election is in June.
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