(WMC-TV) - Four-term Southaven Mayor Greg Davis conceded Tuesday night after realizing he did not have the votes to beat Republican challenger Darren Musselwhite.
Voters hit the polls as early as 7 a.m. Tuesday to cast their ballots.
Davis, who ran as an independent, faced off against Musselwhite and Democratic challenger Coria Williams.
In a Facebook post announcing his concession, Davis wished mayor-elect Musslewhite the best in his administration as he continues to move forward. Full post:
"I want to first thank my family, friends, and supporters for all their work over the past few months. Also, I want to thank the citizens of Southaven for giving me the opportunity to lead us over the last sixteen years. Hopefully, regardless of how you voted today, you will be able to see the good we have accomplished during that time. The City of Southaven has grown into a prosperous city with... a great foundation for the future. I want to wish Mayor-Elect Musslewhite the best in his administration as he continues to move our great city forward. I have full confidence that under his leadership we will continue to prosper. Over the next few weeks we will make the transition as smooth as possible as he prepares to take over the office on July 1. Hopefully our city can heal any wounds and pull together so that we can all be proud to call Southaven home.
On a personal note, I plan to take some time off to spend with my family and friends as I begin a new chapter in my life.
Again, thanks for all the support and God Bless us all."
During Davis' 16 years leading the city, Southaven became the third largest city in Mississippi. Davis is in the middle of a civil trial with the state auditor who accuses him of misspending taxpayer money, and under indictment for embezzlement and false pretense.
"We had several things fighting against us. You got accusations of misspending, you got accusations of indictments, you've got the fact that I'm gay. All those things played a role," said Davis regarding Tuesday's election.
Musselwhite has been in the insurance business in Southaven for 21 years. He walked away with a landslide victory with 6,513 votes, 77.18 percent.
"I think the controversy the last couple of years has been tough on our city. But, I think people need to step back and acknowledge Greg Davis did do a lot for the city," said Musselwhite. "I'm anxious to get together with the new board and start learning my new job."
Davis followed with 1,071 votes, 12.69 percent. Williams had 846 votes, 10.02 percent.
Greg Davis said he is done with politics, but not with the controversy. Davis has a court date Wednesday to deal with child custody.