Democrats win big in state mayoral races

June 5, 2013 10:57:06 AM



JACKSON -- An attorney and former civil rights activist was elected Jackson's mayor on Tuesday, while Southaven's controversial mayor has been defeated for re-election after four terms, according to unofficial returns. 


In Jackson, the Clarion-Ledger reports that Councilman Chokwe Lumumba (pronounced SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah) was elected mayor. The newspaper reported 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. 


In Southaven, Mayor Greg Davis lost his bid for a fifth term to Republican Darren Musselwhite, a political newcomer and insurance agency owner. 


Most Mississippi cities were electing mayors Tuesday. Winners begin their terms on July 1. 


Here are results from some other mayoral contests: 


■ Tupelo -- Attorney Jason Shelton easily won and will become the city's first Democratic mayor in 28 years, according to the Daily Journal newspaper. With all precincts reporting, unofficial results showed Shelton defeating Republican Fred Pitts, a City Council member, by a 3-2 margin.  


■ Biloxi -- Voters returned five-term Republican Mayor A.J. Holloway to office, according to the Sun Herald. Holloway defeated Democrat Jess Kennedy, who described himself as a Blue Dog Democrat trying to appeal to tea party voters. 


■ Meridian. Democratic insurance agent Percy Bland defeated Republican Mayor Cheri Barry and two independents, winning about 54 percent of the vote, WTOK-TV reported. 


■ Ocean Springs. Democratic Mayor Connie Moran won re-election, receiving more than 60 percent of the vote against Republican challenger and Jackson County supervisor John McKay, the Sun Herald reported.