Espy wins Clarksdale mayor’s race; Canton too close to call

In Tuesday’s runoff, Clarksdale voters ousted their mayor while the battle in Canton between an incumbent mayor and a former mayor was too close to call.

After a sleepless night Monday, Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett said Tuesday afternoon he’d been thinking about how to describe the 2017 mayor’s race.

“One word I’ve used is ‘horrific,'” Luckett said, recounting the rhetoric used throughout the election, mostly spread on social media, painting him as racist. “The other is ‘incredulous.'”…

…Ultimately, voters in the majority African American town chose Espy in the democratic primary runoff. With no opposition in the general election, Espy will be Clarksdale’s next mayor. An unofficial tally had Espy winning 2,356 votes to Luckett’s 1,674.

Clarion Ledger
5/16/17