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Davis to run for 5th mayoral term in Southaven

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) -

Making the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said he has filed paperwork to run for another term as mayor.

He signed paperwork at 4:45 p.m.

Mayor Davis will run as an Independent.

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In mid-January Mayor Davis said he was not going to run for re-election and instead focus on a new chapter in his life with his partner, his daughters and his family.  

"I think the game-changer was a couple of things," the mayor said shortly after he filed for re-election. "One: we're hoping to get the auditor's case settled, and the litigation that was going on prior to the general election that would give the voters a chance to look at the truth and the facts. (Two:) With me running as an independent that would give us until June, with the court date now set by the judge, that opened up that opportunity."

The four-term mayor from Southaven said two hours before Friday's 5 p.m. deadline to file he was unsure of running for office.

"To be honest with you the game-changer has been the support from my dad, my daughters, my partner, and numerous people across Southaven," Mayor Davis said. "My signatures came from all parts of the city - not one sector, not one ward - and that's what I wanted to know from one part of town or another part of town."

Mr. Davis, a Republican, said he spent part of Friday morning praying and thinking about running for office again, but this time as an Independent. He ventured into the city and talked to residents in several wards.

"I got up and starting meeting with people in different wards. They all encouraged me to run," he said.

Mayor Davis reconsidered running for office after attending Tuesday's Board of Alderman meeting where the alderman voted against issuing bonds for the construction of a proposed senior center.

He wanted back in the race because he doesn't like the direction the city is headed.

"This has been a very difficult day of decision making for me personally," Mayor Davis said. "We made an announcement we wouldn't run in January and that is when we felt that things were going in the right direction. With what has been happening in the last few weeks and what has been going on through e-mails and Facebook, we have decided to qualify and run as an Independent."

Alderman Ronnie Hale took issue in how Mayor Davis believes the city of Southaven is being run.

"It really did kind of confuse me," Alderman Hale said. "He doesn't get his way on one project and the city is going backwards? Now all of a sudden? I don't understand that and I don't agree with it. He's trying to make this all about the senior center and it's never been about that. It's about finding the funding source."

The incumbent is one of nine candidates running for mayor. There are six running to represent the GOP, two Democrats, and Davis, who is running as an independent. The primary will take place May 7, followed by a primary runoff election on May 21, if necessary.

Davis will face the Republican and Democrat primary winners in the Southaven general election on June 4.

Running in the May 7 primary for the GOP are Gerald Clifton, a real estate agent and auto parts store owner; Josh Anderson, former firefighter; Jerald Wheeler, Southaven Police Department School Resource Officer, Citizens Police Academy, and Boy Scout troop leader; Mark Gardner, an ambulance driver and member of DeSoto County Board of Supervisors; Darren Musselwhite, insurance salesman; and Christopher Klass.

Anderson, Wheeler and Clifton filed petitions on Jan. 3 to run for mayor.

Running to represent the Democratic Party is Coria Williams, who has strong ties and a very strong involvement in the North Mississippi Democratic Party; and Harold Moore, a Bell South retiree and electronics businessman.

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FOX13 News reporter Tom Dees contributed to this report.

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