Brisolara decides not to retire, will run for reelection in 2015

Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara. (Image source: WLOX News.)
Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara. (Image source: WLOX News.)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Just weeks after announcing his intention to retire at the end of his second term, Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara has changed his mind.

Brisolara said he decided, after receiving an outpouring of support from the community, that he would throw his name back in the running for the 2015 sheriff's race.

"A lot of thought went into this," Brisolara said. "A lot of citizens have approached me trying to get me to run for a third term. After listening to all the citizens that came to me, sitting down with my chief deputy and everything, we felt like this was the best thing to do, and he highly suggested his full support behind me for the term."

Chief Deputy Landi Phillips, whom Brisolara supported for the job, will not be a candidate.

Brisolara, who was elected in 2007, said he would not begin his campaign until after the first of the year to prepare for the election on Nov. 3, 2015. He added that he plans no staffing changes.

"When I did make my announcement (for retirement), there was some reluctance," Brisolara said. "I'm ready to move forward. I'm ready to move on."

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