Long Beach Voters Elect New Mayor

The voters in Long Beach have spoken, and the city now has a new mayor elect. Long Beach Alderman Billie Skellie will be the city's new mayor.

Skellie beat out Harrison County Comptroller Frank Reed.

In the first primary featuring seven candidates, Skellie led the pack with 44% of the vote.

The race was a little closer Tuesday night. Unofficial numbers show Skellie brought in 2,050 votes. Reed received 1,665 votes.

Both candidates spoke out on the race and what's now in store for the city of Long Beach.

The mayor elect said, "[I'm] very excited--excited and very thankful for the great support that we received from many great people, and I'm overwhelmed with that and can't thank them enough. I appreciate the confidence that they have in me."

Reed said, "We're not disappointed and we certainly hope that Billy can do some of the things that we talked about. And if he's successful, then I'm a happy guy for the city."

Skellie will serve the final 10 months of former mayor Robert Bass's unexpired term. Bass resigned a few months ago to take a job in Jackson.

When asked if they would run for the same position next summer, both men would only say, "maybe."