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(WMC-TV) - After rocking the Southaven political scene Wednesday night with his announcement that he will not seek re-election, Mayor Greg Davis is opening up about a very private part of his life.

"There comes a time, I guess for 46 years, I have done what other people wanted me to do. The new chapter I can say will be for myself, my partner and my family and we will do what we want to do regardless of the public's perception," he said.

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has not decided what he will do after leaving the office of the mayor, a job he has held for 16 years. He has held office for just about all of his adult life. He knows he wants to stay close to his three daughters, so he will not move away.

"They get along great with everybody, including Jansen. We don't want that separation to occur," Davis said referring to his partner, Jansen Fair.

Davis' announcement that he is gay turned his life upside down. It led to a contentious divorce and he had to explain it all to his daughters.

"I've been through a lot," David told Action News 5's Janice Broach. "I've gotten a lot of professional help."

Davis said without that help, he is not sure how he would have gotten through it all.

"You do find out who your real friends are through this. I will say that," he said.

Davis hopes his daughters get one message from all of it.

"I hope what they have learned is be yourself. Lets be honest, my position prohibited me from doing that," he explained.

Davis said he will likely write a book and possibly go to law school.

He still has to deal with his legal troubles and divorce settlement in upcoming court hearings and trials.

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