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Event signals start for Flaggs’ re-election bid

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. officially kicked off his campaign for re-election Wednesday at Delia’s Park in Marcus Bottom with a fish fry and short speech, continuing a tradition he began when he first ran for political office.

“I’ve started every campaign I’ve ever run here,” he told the estimated 20 people, all wearing “Re-elect George Flaggs Mayor,” who arrived early for the program. Other supporters came and went during the event.

“I’ve always started from the bottom and went to the top,” Flaggs said. “I’ve never started from the top and come down; I’ve always started from the bottom and go up. Then I go to east and I go to the west and I’ve got it.

“I’m honored and I’m proud to be part of this hallowed ground, and when we do good, everybody does good.”

Flaggs, a former state representative from District 55, is seeking re-election as mayor.

He finished first in a May 2013 Democratic primary and defeated independent candidate Darryl Hollingsworth in the general election for his first term as mayor. He was sworn in July 1, 2013.

He qualified for re-election Feb. 8, and faces two challengers in the May 2 Democratic primary, District 3 Warren County Supervisor Charles Selmon, who has run for mayor before and former Vicksburg police chief and deputy chief Mitchell Dent.

Contractor Darryl Hollingsworth, Willie Robinson and Jennifer Thomas qualified as independents and will not be on the ballot until the June 6 general election.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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