Embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis may have had a change of heart, saying he might run for a fifth term after all.
His reversal stems from a very heated mayor and board of alderman meeting that took place Tuesday night over the proposed Southaven Senior Citizen Center. As for when we will know if Mayor Davis is running again, the deadline to file paperwork to run for the office is 5 p.m. on Friday.
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Mayor Davis' possible change of heart came after the board of alderman voted against issuing bonds for the construction of the proposed senior center. Davis says the money is there but the five board members said it might not be.
"These numbers weren't derived or guessed by me," the mayor said. "They were formulated by our city administrator and our bond financial counsel, that told them the money was there. It's not Mayor Davis' figment of his imagination as some would like it to believe."
Over the course of his career, Davis has received strong support from many senior citizens in the community.
"It was a promise to our voters, that's what the money would be spent for," he said. "I feel that they have broken this promise."
The question is, was the Southaven Board of Aldermen's vote not to issue bonds to start construction on the senior center enough to make Davis angry enough to run for another term?
"If I decide to run again and we said that we weren't, and that's when I thought the board would continue to move this city forward as we did the past 16 years," the mayor said. "It won't be out of anger, it will be a decision made out of whether or not we think we can do something for the citizens over the next four years.
"We'll know by 5 (p.m. Friday)."
Davis says that if he chooses to run again, he will run as an independent.
The proposed senior center would be located just north of the fire station near Snowden Grove Park.