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Seymour will not seek re-election after 20 years as Hancock Co. supervisor

Hancock County Board of Supervisors Vice President Steve Seymour (Photo source: WLOX) Hancock County Board of Supervisors Vice President Steve Seymour (Photo source: WLOX)

After 20 years of serving District 4 on the Hancock County Board of Supervisors, Vice President Steve Seymour is calling it quits. He announced Friday that he will not seek re-election to the board this year.

Seymour is currently the only Democrat serving on the board.

He said he will serve out the remainder of his term, but made this announcement well in advance to give others interested in the post plenty of time to qualify. The qualifying period ends Feb. 27.

Seymour released this statement on Friday:

"It is with a heavy heart and much thought and consideration that I, along with my family, have decided that I will not seek re-election of Supervisor District Four," Seymour said Friday. "It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of my community for 20 years. Being born and raised in Hancock County has been a dream come true. All of life's greatest resources are right here in this county and my family and I have certainly enjoyed them. It has been the greatest place on earth to raise a family! During the past 20 years, this county has endured some great hardships; one being Hurricane Katrina and the other the BP oil spill. I am happy to have played a role in some way to help this county get back on its feet. We have great leadership with great vision for Hancock County. We have built a strong team for economic development, medical infrastructure, utilities, beautiful beaches, better boating facilities, boat ramps and piers, improvements to our parks, the newly constructed marina, and upcoming sports complex that is near and dear to my heart. We have a community with great schools, industry, Stennis Space Center and Stennis Airport, to name a few. Those who know me personally, have a glimpse into my heart for kids. I have always strived to accomplish things that were for the betterment of the kids. I have had to make hard decisions in this job, but have always strived to do what was in the best interest of the people I represent and what was right and just. When I was first elected in 1996, I was the youngest Supervisor ever elected in the State of Mississippi and had a lot to learn. I have to say that I learned the most from my dad, whose position I took when he retired. Between the two of us, we have left a 36 year legacy, and Hancock County and my constituents have left and even greater mark on my family and me. This community has been good to us and I hope I have given back. Serving the people of Hancock County was not a “job” to me; it was my life! I am not closing the door on the possibility of entering the political arena; however I have been given the opportunity to work where I can help Hancock County in a greater capacity! I look forward to what the future holds and how I may be of service to the citizens I so love. I want to thank all of the people who have made a footprint in my life during this journey, my co-workers and colleagues in particular, and pray that this county continues to move forward on the path it is on. God bless Hancock County!"

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