‘New’ Selma mayor starts term busier than expected

‘New’ Selma mayor starts term busier than expected
James Perkins is back for his third term as the mayor of Selma, and his first week has been a busy one thanks to Hurricane Zeta. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

SELMA, Ala. (WSFA) - What a week it’s been for the new mayor of Selma, although he’s no stranger to city hall.

This is James Perkins' ‘third tour of duty’ as the mayor. He served two terms in the 2000s and was sworn in this week for his latest term.

Perkins started the week with major storm damage from Hurricane Zeta and talked about his busy week.

“I’m at peace in the midst of the storm," he explained. "That’s where I am right now. You know everything that’s here, I inherited. And that’s the way the process works.”

Former Mayor Darrio Melton opted not to seek re-election and Perkins found himself back in familiar territory after beating his opponent, Miah Jackson, for the job.

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