BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Windy Swetman says enough is enough. The district one supervisor will not run for re-election. Swetman submitted a two sentence letter to Harrison County's circuit clerk asking that his name be removed from county ballots.
His decision to drop out of the August primary comes a week-and-a-half after Swetman lost his bid to become Biloxi's mayor.
In a phone conversation with WLOX News, Swetman explained his withdrawal from the supervisors race. He said, "I made a decision that I was going to finish my term and go back and be a private citizen."
Swetman has spent more than two decades in the public sector, either working for law enforcement, or serving on the board of supervisors. "I'm tired of being the news," he said. "For right now, I think it's what best for everybody."
Last week, Swetman lost the Biloxi mayor's race to Fofo Gilich by 20 percentage points. The days leading up to that election got rather muddy, with negative comments on social media dominating the campaign chatter. Swetman said the mudslinging made him realize it was best for him, and for his family, to go in a different direction. "At this point, I served my community well for the last 23 years. For the first time in my adult life, I'm going to be a private citizen," he said.
With Swetman out of the race, three other republicans and one libertarian will run for the district one supervisors seat. Beverly Martin, Johnny Rhodes, and Todd Echelberry will run in the GOP primary August 4. The winner will meet Donald Todd in the November general election.