By The Associated Press
JACKSON — Four-term Southaven Mayor Greg Davis lost his re-election bid Tuesday to Republican Darren Musselwhite, a political newcomer and insurance agency owner.
The Commercial Appeal reports that Davis’ defeat ends the tenure of the longest-serving and most controversial mayor in the city’s 33-year history.
Davis, an independent, faced Musselwhite and Democrat Coria Williams, a retired major from the Memphis, Tenn., Police Department. Davis was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1991 and served until he was elected mayor in 1997. Davis has had legal problems, including a state auditor’s demand that he repay more than $70,000 for personal expenses charged to the city.
In Jackson, the Clarion-Ledger reports that Councilman Chokwe Lumumba (pronounced SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah) has been elected mayor. The newspaper reports that with most precincts reporting, Lumumba received 85 percent of the vote against three independent candidates. He will succeed Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who finished third in this year’s Democratic primary.
Lumumba, an attorney and civil rights activist, was active in a black nationalist group decades ago. But he ran as a mainstream candidate who would represent all city voters, and defeated businessman Jonathan Lee in the Democratic primary runoff last month.
“Thank you, Jackson. None of this would be possible without faith and your support,” Lumumba wrote on Facebook Tuesday night. “I’ve said it before and today it is still true, this is not my victory. This is the people’s victory. Together we will make Jackson rise!”