Southaven Primary Sets Stage for Runoffs

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(Southaven, MS) Since the Southaven spending scandal broke, the Southaven Concerned Citizens group has called for change.

Members say Tuesday’s vote shows voters heard them.

”Yes, I do. I really do, because we got rid of the older aldermen that had become a fixture,” said Glen Stroupe.

Longtime names on the Board of Aldermen went down in defeat in a race that forced Mayor Greg Davis out for a time, then back in as an independent candidate.

Lots of people called for a total housecleaning at Southaven City Hall.

That effort fell short with one Alderman scoring a decisive win and two others headed to a runoff.

Even the Republican Mayor’s primary will go to a runoff.

Insurance man Darren Musselwhite says change remains the theme of the day, but warns onlookers not to draw too many conclusions from the primary vote, ”The people, they want to make sure we get the right people in office. I think there’ll be some generalizations out there that are unfair to some people but I think they people, they want change here in Southaven.”

His opponent, police Lieutenant Jerald Wheeler says he’s ready to hit the ground running for the runoff in two weeks, ”We ran on the accountability issue and making Southaven a safer place to live. We’re gonna get out there and work like we did the last three months”.

The winner in the Wheeler versus Musslewhite race will face the man at the center of Southaven’s drama, Mayor Greg Davis, in June.

But activists believe the message is already sent.

The runoff is the 21’st followed by the general election on June 4th, when the Mayor candidates will also face Democrat and former Memphis Police officer Coria Williams.