SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - Greg Davis is officially running for Southaven mayor. He signed all the paperwork and turned it into the clerk’s office Friday afternoon. In January he said he wasn't going to run for office anymore but in the last few weeks he changed his mind. Three things Davis says that changed his mind: countless supporters, his family, and prayer.
"I did a lot of soul searching,” Greg Davis told the media as he turned in his paperwork. “And a lot of prayer."
Faith may have given him the strength to fill out the paper work to run for re-election but it's the voters who will have the final say.
"I'm praying that he has asked for forgiveness," said Susie Wallace.
Wallace's name was one of the 100 plus signatures that helped Davis put his name on the mayoral ticket.
"I believe in whatever might have happened he had some assistance and I believe it has been cleaned up now and so we need to go forward,” said Wallace.
Davis was indicted last year on embezzlement charges. He's also involved in a federal investigation accused of spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on personal expenses like trips, shopping, and marriage counseling.
"It's just way too much turmoil going on: the indictments, the monies that are being held because of the indictments and I just really hoped he had stepped aside and let Southavens heal,” said Steve Dodd, who doesn’t support Davis. Dodd is also running for alderman.
Fellow mayoral candidate, Joshua Anderson, believes he's the right man for the job.
"I spent 17 years in the fire department, own my own business, and had municipal experience as well,” said Anderson. “That qualifies me to be in charge of the city and put us back where we need to be."
There are 5 others running for mayor: Gerald Clifton, Mark Gardner, Christopher Klass, Jerald Wheeler, and Darren Musselwhite. Davis says he will run a tighter ship next time around, if he wins re-election.
"Safeguards to make sure there is better check and balance system than there may have been in the past,” said Davis. "We'll work on building that trust back up."
Mayor Davis is expected to go back to Jackson, Mississippi for trial on May 13th. If he's found guilty that would automatically disqualify him for re-election. The primary election in Southaven is May 7th and the general election is scheduled June 4th.