Witherspoon defeats 2 opponents to win Magnolia mayoral special election

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MAGNOLIA, Mississippi — Anthony Witherspoon has defeated two opponents to win a special election for mayor of Magnolia.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1pZqHAa ) complete, but unofficial, results from Tuesday's election showed Witherspoon with 54 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Della Pierce and 1 percent for Charles E. White.

Witherspoon takes office immediately and will serve the remaining three years on former mayor Melvin Harris' term.

Harris, a former longtime alderman, became mayor in 2008 after winning a special election. He was elected to his first full term in 2009 and re-elected last year. He resigned in May.

Witherspoon says his first order of business will be to focus on jobs and commercial development while trying to repair what he sees as apparent divisiveness on the city board.

Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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