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Accusations hot and heavy as 1st District election nears

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Accusations are flying between the candidates in the white-hot 1st Congressional District race.

Travis Childers, from Booneville, and Greg Davis, from Southaven, are on the special election ballot Tuesday with two other candidates.

Some of the accusations Davis and the Republican National Congressional Committee say about Childers, a longtime Prentiss County chancery clerk, include:

- Childers failed to pay some 135 property tax bills on time.

- Childers failed to implement policies at his nursing home to prevent the mistreatment and neglect of its senior residents.

Childers and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee say Davis -- who is Southaven's mayor:

- While Davis was cutting back in city departments and wouldn't support city employee raises, he asked city aldermen to buy him a new vehicle.

- Davis has raised property taxes, gas taxes, utility fees and voted against tax relief for seniors.

Childers and Davis were their party nominees in the April 1 runoffs for the Nov. 4 general election, but next Tuesday's vote is a special, nonparty election to fill the House seat on an interim basis.

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