Voter Turnout Triples in Southaven Mayor's Election

Voter Turnout Triples in Southaven Mayor's Election

About 6,000 more people voted for mayor in yesterday's election versus the one four years ago.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (localmemphis.com) - The people have spoken. Embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has less than a month left in office. Southaven's newly elected mayor is political newcomer Darren Musselwhite, who won by a landslide in Tuesday's mayoral election.

Southaven's voter turnout was much higher than expected, and than it has been in the city's recent elections. About 6,000 more people voted for mayor in Tuesday's election versus the one four years ago.

"I voted and that's who I voted for," says Rita O'Daniel. She's ready for Musselwhite to take over as Southaven's mayor. "I think he's going to make a good mayor."

"He won by a long shot," says Ever Ruff. "Maybe he'll do good. I hope so."

The election was the talk of the town Wednesday. Musselwhite won with more than 6,500 votes. Davis had just over a thousand.

Almost 8,500 Southaven residents voted in the election. That's a huge increase from 2009's mayor's race when less than 2,500 people voted.

"I like Greg Davis and I'm sorry that he lost," says Verlean Scott.

"I'm not surprised that he lost with everything he's been accused of," says Beth Helton.

Most people we talked with said they expected Musselwhite to win.

"I'm sure he's going to have to learn the job, but he'll do good," says Yvonne Carter. "He's a good guy from a good family."

O'Daniel already has a list of what she expects to see when he takes over. "Keep the taxes low and do something about the flooding in Southaven," she says.

As for what he did on his first day as mayor elect: Musselwhite told Local 24 News he was taking the day off.

He takes office July 1st.
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