Laurel mayor changes mind, will now run for reelection

LAUREL, MISS (WDAM) - Laurel's mayor has announced he has changed his mind and will now seek reelection.

Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack issued a statement Monday explaining he will would not seek office again, citing health concerns.

But, on Tuesday, Mack said he had decided to run again after receiving hundreds of phone calls and emails asking him to.

He added his doctor told him his health concerns were less severe than he had believed them to be before his Monday announcement.

Oliver James Williams and Beat 5 Supervisor Gerome Wyatt both intend to run for the office as well.

Candidates in Mississippi have until March 6 to qualify to run in municipal elections.

Primary elections are set for May 5. The general election is June 2. New officials will take office July 6.