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WATER VALLEY – A longtime state lawmaker who will complete his 11th and final term as a state representative at the end of the year is strongly considering running for mayor in Water Valley. District 33 Representative Tommy Reynolds told the Herald Monday that he plans to be on the ballot for mayor if nothing happens.
The city will have a special election for mayor in early 2024 after Mayor Donald Gray won his bid to serve as the next Yalobusha County Chancery Clerk with 64 percent of the votes cast. Gray reported he will resign from the mayoral position at the end of the year, and will be sworn in for his new job in January.
When the office is vacated, the Water Valley Board of Aldermen is required by state statute to enter an order on the official minutes requiring an election to be held in the municipality to fill the vacancy, and schedule the date when the election will be held. The election will be held within 60 days and candidates will have 30 days to qualify. All candidates will run as independents in the special election.
Reynolds reported that he has been asked by multiple people in the community to consider running for the mayor’s position.
“I think this is something that I am interested in. I appreciate people asking me to consider running for mayor. Water Valley is a community on the move and has unlimited potential,” Reynolds added.
First elected in 1979 and taking office in 1980, Reynolds shares the distinction as the longest-serving current state representative with one other member of the House. His term ends in December.
“When people have helped you all these years, you want to try and help them,” Reynolds added.