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Biloxi's mayor closer to a 5th term

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway celebrated another win Tuesday night. His victory in the republican primary over Michael Janus means Holloway moves one step closer to a fifth term as Biloxi's mayor.

"I can't hang it up. It's just too much work to do. And I felt like I had the experience, I had the know-how and the contacts in the state and federal government to get a lot of things going. And that's what we've been doing, and that's what we will continue to do," Holloway told WLOX News.

This is the third time since 1993 that A.J. Holloway beat Michael Janus in a mayoral race. This time he took 65 percent of the vote.

Janus told WLOX News he wanted to move the city in a new direction, but running against a candidate like Mayor Holloway proved to be too tough.

"Certainly, he is the 400 pound gorilla. But I've never been afraid to take on an opponent like that," Janus said. "At the end of the day, we're proud of what we did."

State Representative Michael Janus said he would be driving back to Jackson Wednesday morning to resume his work at the state capitol.

"The governor has a financial briefing for us in the legislature at 10:30, and then we go into session at 1pm. So it's back to work in the legislature. I look forward to the job there. I've still got another two years in my term. And certainly, I plan to work in Jackson to help the mayor move Biloxi forward."

It's back to work for Mayor A.J. Holloway as well. Although he must still face democratic candidate Jess Kennedy in the general election, his focus Tuesday night was further down the road.

"We have the new library coming out, the civic center that will be right beside that on Howard Avenue across from the old community center, and then, of course, the lighthouse visitors centers. All of those projects will be coming out of the ground this year," Holloway said. "All of these projects together are right around $40 million. So we are talking about a lot of work there, plus the $365 million infrastructure work that will be going on at the same time. So we will be tearing up a lot of streets and tearing up a lot of properties and re-doing them in the next two years."

Click here to see all the results from Tuesday's primary election.

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