Pelahatchie’s first African-American mayor runs into resistance

“There’s not as much progress as I would have liked,” she said recently. “I didn’t expect to receive that reaction … I’m not saying I’m the smartest person, but I want to follow the law. I feel like they never gave me a chance.”

Alderman James Harrell said the board couldn’t support some of the things Beechem wanted.

When asked to elaborate, Harrell would only say “she wanted outrageous stuff. Just stuff we couldn’t support.”…

…The board, consisting of three whites and two blacks, has overridden Beechem on several issues over the five months.

Clarion Ledger