Incumbents win big across South Mississippi

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Tuesday was a good night for incumbents, at least in the mayoral races. Nine out of the 11 mayoral races either went to the incumbent or the person who defeated that incumbent in the primary. The only exceptions were in Poplarville and Leakesville.

One of the most contentious races was the battle for the office of mayor of Ocean Springs. Connie Moran secured a third term as mayor, defeating republican challenger John McKay.

"It was a tough campaign. I have a lot of respect for my opponent. I look forward to working with him continuously while he is on the Board of Supervisors and I as mayor of Ocean Springs with a vote of confidence tonight from the people of our city," Mayor Connie Moran said. "I did not really expect this wide margin of victory."

Moran said she's optimistic about the future.

"We're not broke. We have a very tight budget like a lot of other cities right now in this down economy, but things are up. Our sales tax revenue is up. Our evaluations are up. Our building permits are up over 50 percent. So things are looking good."

In Biloxi, Incumbent Mayor A.J. Holloway won a sixth term, keeping his streak as the city's longest-serving mayor.

"I feel energized," Holloway said Tuesday night. "Ready to go back to work, ready to serve the people of Biloxi, the city I love. And I want to do the best job that I can do. Run the city for the benefit of the city."

Pass Christian was the last city to get their votes tallied Tuesday night. Though Mayor McDermott was re-elected by a large margin, there were some discrepancies with the voting process. Dozens of people had to vote affidavit ballot due to their names not being on the roster in their district. Many of those people had been voting for years. Alderman Joe Piernas said he would like an explanation for the confusion.

Les Fillingame earned a second term in Bay St Louis. Lucedale's Doug Lee also won re-election, and voters sent Picayune's Ed Pinero Junior back to the mayor's office.

The city of Moss Point will have new mayor. Incumbent Mayor Aneice Liddell was defeated in the democratic primary back in May by long-time state Representative Billy Broomfield. Tuesday night, Broomfield beat out independent candidates Dobbs Dennis and John Mosley, Jr.

In Gautier, Gordon Gollott is the mayor elect, easily winning with 88 percent of the vote.

Diamondhead's new mayor is Thomas Schafer. He's the first mayor elected by the voters in South Mississippi's newest city.

Joel Miles is the new mayor in Wiggins. He defeated the incumbent in the primary, and won easily Tuesday.

George Perkins is the new mayor in Leakesville. And in Poplarville, incumbent Billy Spiers lost to Brad Necaise.

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