Mississippi mayor to leave Democratic Party, be Independent

This 2009 file photo shows Vicksburg Mayor, then-State Rep. George Flaggs, D-Vicksburg speaking at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. With sending a Republican to the U.S. Senate likely, several black Mississippians who may otherwise vote Democratic tried to swing a primary victory toward six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran by casting ballots in their state'€™s GOP primary. Flaggs who served 26 years in the state House of Representatives before winning the city office in 2013, said Tuesday he voted for Cochran because "Thad's been good for Mississippi," and helped bring a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' research station to his city. Rogelio V. Solis
Mayor George Flaggs Jr.
Mayor George Flaggs Jr.

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – The Democratic mayor of Vicksburg thinks he’s figured out a way to straddle the partisan divide in politics: He’s going to declare himself an independent, so that in the future he’ll only have to run in general elections, not primaries.

The Vicksburg Post reported Tuesday that Mayor George Flaggs Jr. says he’ll formally leave the Democratic Party by March 20.

Flaggs says the rebranding will allow him to better represent Democrats and Republicans.

The Post reports that Flaggs may be interested in running for lieutenant governor or seeking a third term as mayor.

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