Gulfport councilman won't seek reelection

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport Councilman Jackie Smith announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection. Smith has been the Ward 4 representative for the last four years.

"I recently celebrated my 65th birthday and at this stage in my life I look forward to spending more time with my wife and our beautiful family," Smith said in a statement.

"I realize that our city faces enormous challenges in the months and years ahead, but I am very confident that under Mayor Warr's leadership and with the help of the fine team he has assembled, Gulfport will again be one of America's finest cities."