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3 file petitions to run for Southaven mayor

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) -

Is embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis going to run for re-election in 2013?

Though he has yet to file by the March 8 deadline, three other residents have filed or are going to file in the next few days to compete for the mayoral post.

Candidates in Mississippi were able to qualify to run in upcoming municipal elections on Jan. 2.

MORE: Mississippi municipal election qualifying underway

Mayor Davis says he is undecided at this moment and has yet to file a petition to run.

Among those filing petitions to run is Josh Anderson, a former Shelby County firefighter.

"I started in the fire service when I was 16-year-old," the Southaven resident said. "I grew up through the ranks of the fire service and owned a home repair business my whole time in the fire service. I have experience in both the public and the private sectors."

Anderson is currently a health and safety manager for a large hazardous materials firm and says he decided to run for mayor because he doesn't like the problems he sees in Southaven.

"I know what it takes to run a city," he said. "I look at Southaven and I see all these problems and issues, I can fix these and I can make it good for our city. I think we need someone in there that knows they are a servant for the city, and it's not the other way around."

Also running for the Southaven mayor's office is police Lt. Jerald Wheeler, who expects to file his petition Jan. 4.  Wheeler will file his petition on Friday. Lt. Wheeler is a 28-year veteran of the Southaven Police Department and its public information officer. He is also the supervisor of all the school resource officers in the city.

"I'm also a Boy Scout troop leader through the Southaven Police Explorers Post for 15 years," Lt. Wheeler said.

The political race came to him and he didn't go looking to run for the mayor's seat, Lt. Wheeler said.

"I had a group of citizens come to me and tell me that they want someone that they can trust, that has good morals to run for office in Southaven," he said. "Someone told me the other day that they want Southaven to be the future for their kids. The future that it was for the last 20 years. They said they grew up here and want their kids to be able to raise a family here and they want to invest in Southaven."

Gerald Clifford, a former Southaven Alderman Southaven has also submitted a petition to run for mayor. He runs a real estate business and auto parts business in the city. Clifford was unavailable for comment.

Party primaries take place May 7 with runoffs on May 21, if needed. The general election occurs June 4.

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