By WLOX Staff
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Incumbent Billy Skellie will stay on as the mayor of Long Beach. The republican beat out four other candidates Tuesday night, receiving 53 percent of the vote. His closest contender was retired accountant Frank Reed.
All the city's mayoral candidates ran as republicans, so Skellie's victory is an outright win.
Skellie spent election night at the Long Beach Yacht Club where an enthusiastic group of supporters gathered to watch the votes come in and celebrate the victory.
He's one of the few first time mayors who sought re-election this year, the first local election since Hurricane Katrina. Long Beach was devastated by the storm, but Skellie is optimistic about the recovery work still ahead.
"Our goals are to get all these major projects finished that I've been touting about that's online and getting ready to breakout," Skellie said.
"I feel like if we can get this done and continue to work with these departments with MEMA and FEMA and MDA we have some good things in our future. I'd like to get these things as quick as possible and finished. So I hope when the economy breaks, we'll be looking very nice and ready to accept private development."
The mayor also expressed his appreciation to voters for putting their faith in him to guide the city in its continued recovery,
"You know, people still deal with disappointments right now. There's a lot that's not developed right now, roads and infrastructure that still needs to be replaced. We're in the process of that."
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