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Southaven Mayor Greg Davis considers another run for office

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) – Action News 5 has learned why embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is considering a run for re-election.

Davis has decided, if he does run for reelection, it will be as an Independent. It is all because of a poll the mayor finds very disturbing.

"We've been talking about it," he said. "Thinking about it. Praying about it."

And now Southaven Mayor Greg Davis and his supporters are trying to get the 50 signatures of registered voters needed so he can run again as mayor as an independent, not as a Republican - his party of choice in past elections. Davis said the results of a recent poll indicated he should not run as a Republican.

"It was very disturbing to me to find out that 35 percent of the Republican voters wouldn't vote for me because of my sexuality or sexual preference," Davis explained. "To me that was very disturbing."

In January Davis announced he would not be seeking re-election for a fifth term.

But he says he doesn't like the direction the current Board of Aldermen has taken.

"It just scares me that the board seems to be sending us in a different direction," he said. "So there needs to be someone who will fight to do the things we've done in the past."

Southaven, now the third largest city in Mississippi, has prospered  under Davis.

"He has done a lot of good for the city," Alderman Ronnie Hale said. "Nobody's taking that away from him."

But Hale does not think it is wise for Davis to seek reelection considering he is dealing with legal problems involving his spending of city funds.

"I think he is aware that a lot of the turmoil with the city is directly related to the Mayor's office," Hale said. "I just don't think it's a good choice for him to make."

Mayor Davis has until Friday at 5 o'clock to make it official. That is the deadline to file for this year's Southaven city election. The six candidates who have already filed to run for mayor are all Republicans. If Davis does decide to run, he will face the winner of the primary in the June 4th general election. We'll let you know what happens.

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