Longo out as mayor of Waveland

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - By Al Showers – bio | email

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - "David Garcia 1,242."

That announcement of the final vote tally shocked everyone in the room Tuesday night, including the candidate himself.

"We expected a victory from what we were hearing on the streets, but a victory this large I don't think has ever been recorded in the city of Waveland in any race," Garcia said. "It's wonderful Al, but we still got December 7th. We've got to get the people back out again. We do face a Republican come December."

It was an upset that rendered Chief Garcia speechless.

"I'm lost for words Al. It's overwhelming what the people have done and showed that they want to move Waveland forward. I campaigned the whole time, we put our messages out there, we had a lot of good people out there helping us."

Mayor Tommy Longo was gracious in defeat.

"I love the city of Waveland and the people have spoken, and I'm wishing the best of luck for David. I'm here to help him in any way that I possibly can," Longo said.

Longo has served as mayor for 12 years. He told WLOX's Al Showers that at some point, he sensed his bid for a fourth term in office might be in trouble.

"I knew what our community has been through and it's been a tough tough road for the last five years. We have had so much to do and we've done a lot, but I know our community is tired and they're frustrated. There are a lot of good things happening, it's just not happening fast enough, or whatever. And I knew people were frustrated. so I knew a lot those things were going to play against us in this election."

A string of lawsuits against the city, and the fact that the Mayor stood trial on embezzlement charges didn't help either, even though Longo was found not guilty.

"I think it was a combination of a whole lot of things that just played together as a negative. We have had so much to do in the city of Waveland and we have come so far. And I am so proud of our employees and our people They have done an outstanding job over the last five years. They've got nothing to be ashamed of. A lot of people have a lot to hold their heads up for."

David Garcia will face Robert Hinck in the December 7th general election.

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