BALDWYN – Michael James finally got a good night’s sleep Tuesday.
After months of campaigning for Baldwyn’s highest position, the hometown man finally got the job he coveted and the sleep he needed.
James, owner of Southern Auto Sales, defeated incumbent Mayor Danny Horton in Tuesday night’s primary election. With no opponent in the general election, Jones will become mayor of this town on the Lee-Prentiss county line.
James picked up 679 votes to 532 for Horton.
Normally a man of few words, James had a lot to say about his new job in the only town he’s ever called home.
“I’m real excited about winning,” the 45-year-old James said Wednesday. “It’s just humbling to know so many people supported me and voted for me. I’m not a big speech maker, but I speak from my heart and I think the people saw that.”
James said his love for his hometown drove him to run for mayor.
“I just want to see Baldwyn going in the right direction and that’s where I hope to take it,” he said.
With the support of Sheila, his wife of 24 years, and children Toby, 19, and Hana Grace, 14, James said he was able to run a successful campaign.
James said he’s now ready to get into office and start his new job.
“I just want to thank my family and the voters for supporting me in this race,” said James. “I’m going to do the best job I can to make Baldwyn the best place it can be.”
Baldwyn had 1,320 people vote in Tuesday’s primary.
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