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Southaven Mayor's Race Heats Up Before Next Week's Election

All three candidates are busy campaigning, making one last push to reach as many voters as possible before next Tuesday.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (localmemphis.com) - It's crunch time for candidates running for office in DeSoto County. Southaven mayor's race is heating up even more. Five days remain until the election on June 4th.

All three candidates are busy campaigning, making one last push to reach as many voters as possible before next Tuesday.

"We know it's a tough election. People have to look and sift through a lot of information that's out there. We were hoping the trial would be over with the state auditor. It's not. That's just the reality of it," says Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, who is running as an independent for the first time.

He's hoping voters look at his 16 years in office, not his legal wranglings the last two years.

"Look at our record: 16,000 new jobs, over 665 new companies in last four years that have been brought here, eight years with no tax increase, and we've built up our largest city reserve, over $11 million dollars."

"Number one in my book is public safety," says Democratic candidate Coria Williams. "I want to ensure transparency and credibility in city government. I want people to feel they have a part, that they have a hand in city government."

Williams is a former Memphis police officer. She's got deep roots in DeSoto County and hopes voters choose her. "I would just like to ask the people of Southaven to give me a chance."

When asked why he wants to be mayor, Republican candidate Darren Musselwhite says, "I'm at a point where I realize I need to step up and make a bigger impact. I see that my city needs me right now. That's why I'm here."

He adds, "As mayor, first of all I want to send negative publicity away then restore confidence in city hall. After that we'll move forward with business and other things on our agenda."

"There's not a bad candidate in this race," Davis says. "I'm not going to say anything negative about anybody. I think voters just have to decide, do they want to hire someone who has the experience doing the job for the next four years or do they want a fresh start?"
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