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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Carolyn McAdams Re-Elected for Third Term as Mayor

Fresh off an easy re-election victory Tuesday, Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams pledged this morning to “continue on the same path that we’ve been on” to improve the appearance of the city.

“The vision of the city is to always be clean. Every day is a real work in progress,” said McAdams from her office at City Hall.

The independent took 61 percent of the voting, outpolling by a significant margin two political newcomers, according to the unofficial returns.

Democrat Kenderick Cox got 35 percent, and independent Shun Pearson was a distant third with 4 percent.

The results, McAdams’ most comfortable victory following narrow back-to-back wins over Sheriel Perkins, signaled that voters seem pleased with the direction McAdams has taken the city. Six of the seven City Council members appeared in ads supporting her candidacy.

McAdams thanked the City Council’s five Democrats and two Republicans for bringing a bipartisan, biracial harmony to city government. “It is wonderful to have a council that understands that and gets it. That’s going to continue to happen,” she said.

As in her previous two victories, McAdams, 70, was buoyed by a dominant performance in the city’s two heavily Republican wards, located in North Greenwood.

More than 80 percent of her vote total came from Wards 1 and 2, where she won a combined 96 percent of the vote. The mayor thanked her supporters.

“People came out in the rain. It was a steady turnout all day long. I could not have asked for more. ... The people of Greenwood made it happen,” she said.

She also said she was pleased with the overall upbeat tenor of the campaign. “It was a good campaign, a quiet campaign,” she said.

Although Cox won the other five wards, the turnout he needed was nowhere close to overcoming McAdams’ advantage elsewhere.

In the city’s most racially diverse but majority-black precinct, Ward 3, Cox, who is black, only beat the white incumbent by 51 percent to 47 percent.

Cox, 33, a science teacher at Greenwood Middle School, was at the Leflore County Courthouse Tuesday as the ballot boxes came in.

He declined to comment on the election results or on his campaign.

Tuesday night, McAdams was holding an election victory celebration at the Historic Elks Building downtown. She said the party broke up around 11 p.m. “After all, it’s a work day.”

McAdams’ first eight years in office have been marked by a heavy effort to improve the appearance and infrastructure of the city, both bringing to completion projects started by her predecessors and initiating several of her own.

That work has included the redoing of streets and sidewalks throughout the downtown area, the establishment of the Rail Spike Park along an abandoned rail line, and the development of the Yazoo River Trail Nature Trail.

Just last week, the city unveiled the newly renovated police station, a two-year, $3.7 million project.

The next major project, McAdams said, is the upgrade of Fulton Street, which will include historic lighting, new sidewalks and plantings.

McAdams said plans call for the downtown side streets to be addressed afterward, “as long as the Mississippi Department of Transportation provides grants.”

Citywide, McAdams said, the overlaying of streets is a pressing concern that will have to be addressed in her next term. She said the city might have to borrow to raise adequate funding for the effort.

McAdams, whose background was in accounting before entering public service, credited her department heads for being good financial managers, especially during tough economic times.
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