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Southaven candidates prepare for election June 4

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Mayor Greg Davis Mayor Greg Davis
Democratic candidate Coria Williams Democratic candidate Coria Williams
Republican candidate Darren Musselwhite Republican candidate Darren Musselwhite

(WMC-TV) - With less than a week left until election day, the Southaven mayoral candidates are shifting their campaigns into high gear.

Southaven, Mississippi just topped 50,000 people, and next Tuesday voters are tasked with picking a leader. Current Mayor Greg Davis has been in the position for 16 years and is running as an independent against Darren Musselwhite and Coria Williams.

"There have been over 16,000 new jobs have been created. We've balanced the budget, we haven't raised property taxes," said Davis.

Mayor Greg Davis has also been in the middle of a civil trial with the state auditor, who has accused him of misspending taxpayer money.

Republican candidate Darren Musselwhite has been in business in Southaven for 21 years selling insurance. He said the negative publicity has to go.

"I'm not the one to pass judgment on that, but I think so much of it is tied to his administration so I think a change in leadership will be the first step in doing that," said Musselwhite.

Democratic candidate Coria Williams is a former Memphis Police officer and teacher. She said public service is at the top of her agenda.

"The blight, the streets, the sewage, all of it I want to be able to improve on those public service issues," said Williams.

All of the candidates expressed interest in plans for a new senior adult building and continued growth.

"We need to make sure we don't turn our back on the west side of town, we need to preserve the quality and property values on the west side of town," said Musselwhite.

Davis does not think Southaven is being received negatively, since new jobs are being created.

"We need a fresh start and we need to keep moving forward together," said Williams.

Candidates said they will continue campaigning this week and the biggest challenge will be making sure voters come out to the polls on June 4.

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