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Greg Davis to 'begin a new chapter' after serving four terms

Voters said Greg Davis did a great job, despite embezzlement charges and his personal life many saw under a microscope. Voters said Greg Davis did a great job, despite embezzlement charges and his personal life many saw under a microscope.
Insurance salesman Darren Musselwhite swept 77 percent of the vote in the election Tuesday. Insurance salesman Darren Musselwhite swept 77 percent of the vote in the election Tuesday.
Davis' accomplishments include bringing in 16,000 jobs to Southaven. Davis' accomplishments include bringing in 16,000 jobs to Southaven.
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(WMC-TV) - For the first time in 16 years, Southaven welcomes a new mayor. Voters said Greg Davis did a great job, despite embezzlement charges and his personal life many saw under a microscope.

Many residents share an optimistic outlook for Southaven, but said there will be a learning curve.

"I hated to see him lose," said DeSoto County resident Lisa Pair.

Others look forward to incoming Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite taking the position.

"I think it's great. I think he'll make a great mayor. That's all I've got to say," said resident Lonnie Davis.

Insurance salesman Musselwhite swept 77 percent of the vote in the election Tuesday.

Davis followed with 13 percent of the vote. He conceded the race to Musselwhite before the election results were public.

The four-term incumbent mayor is in the middle of a civil trial with the state auditor who accuses him of misspending taxpayer money. In December 2011, Davis told the Commercial Appeal that he is gay after the paper reported he spent $67 in city money at a gay sex shop in Canada.

But the scandal does not erase Davis' accomplishments which include bringing in 16,000 jobs, cutting taxes, and giving out the state's first tax rebate – to name a few.

"I think Greg Davis did a lot of positive things for this city," said Pair.

Musselwhite went to high school with Davis.

"He was very kind and said he would help me with the transition period," said Musselwhite after the election. "You do the same job for 21 years, there are going to be some challenges ahead – but I'm anxious to get with it."

Musselwhite said he will spend the next 30 days learning how to be mayor.

Davis plans to take a few weeks off with his daughters and partner and then figure out a future. In a Facebook post announcing his concession, Davis said during his time off he will begin a new chapter in his life. See the full post here.

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