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Rikard will not seek re-election after 16 years as mayor

OLIVE BRANCH — Mayor Sam Rikard will not run for re-election next year.

Rikard tells the Commercial Appeal after 16 years as mayor, he is looking forward to having more time for family.

The 58-year-old Rikard served eight years as alderman before being elected to a first term as mayor in 1997.

Olive Branch has only had three mayors since 1961. Clay Herrington and Milton Nichols preceded Rikard.

Rikard expects to remain involved in politics behind the scenes. He does not expect to endorse anyone publicly for the job he has held all these years.


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