Two longtime Southaven residents will square off in a March 6 runoff election following Tuesday's special election to fill a vacant seat in Ward 2.

Charlie Hoots, a former WREG Channel 3 photojournalist and Greg Paylor, insurance executive and former police officer, were the two top vote-getters in Tuesday's special election.

In unofficial returns, Hoots received 168 votes compared to Paylor's 128 votes. Brenda Daniel-Anderson received 97 votes, Harold Moore 93, Johnny Johnson, 43, Norine Sloan 44, and Don Daniels, 11.

"I look forward to the opportunity to serve if I am elected," said Hoots as he and Paylor and their respective campaign supporters huddled outside the DeSoto County Justice Court building on U.S. 51, shortly after polls closed. "I have a great opponent," Hoots said, referring to Paylor. "We'll have a good clean race."

For his part, Paylor was equally as magnanimous to his runoff opponent.

"I'm very excited," Paylor said. "I think the City of Southaven made good choices. Either way, the City of Southaven will be a winner."

The results were made known at 7:27 p.m. Tuesday night and in the customary fashion, posted on the glass from inside the polling place.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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