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Greenville mayor says he won't run for second term in November election


GREENVILLE, Mississippi — Greenville Mayor John Cox says he will not run for re-election in November.

Cox tells the Delta Democrat-Times ( ) his decision not to run for a second term came after lengthy deliberations, principally with family members.

Cox won a special election in October 2012, a month after his predecessor, Chuck Jordan, stepped down after receiving a diagnosis of advanced-stage pancreatic cancer. Jordan died the next month.

The 67-year-old Cox underwent open-heart surgery in 2003 to correct a heart murmur. He says while his health is good, he would be 71 at the end of a second term and "four more years is just more than I think I can handle at this point."

His current term ends Jan. 1, 2016.

Information from: Delta Democrat-Times,

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