Cox wins special mayoral election in Greenville
John Cox appears to have won Monday’s special mayoral election in Greenville.
Cox, an attorney, got 57 percent (3,323) of the 6,339 votes cast, according to figures reported by the Delta Democrat Times.
Just more than 500 affidavit ballots were left to be counted Tuesday morning. Cox turned back three challengers.
The election became necessary in late September, when former mayor Chuck Jordan resigned in the wake of a terminal cancer diagnosis. Jordan endorsed Cox shortly after his resignation.
This is the second consecutive election voters in Greenville, whose population is 78 percent black, have elected a white mayor. Jordan, who retired from the banking industry before his election last year, attributed that to voters prioritizing the future of Greenville over political or social affiliations.
“The people in Greenville have spoken and said they want to go in a new direction,” Jordan told the Mississippi Business Journal in December.
Election commissioners will meet Tuesday afternoon to certify the election results. Cox’s swearing-in is set for Wednesday morning at 9 at Greenville City Hall.