Mississippi Democratic Trust

Mayor Connie Moran

City of Ocean Springs

Connie Moran will seek a fourth term as Ocean Springs mayor in 2017

Warren Kulo

January 26, 2016

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- Connie Moran told The Mississippi Press Tuesday she "absolutely" intends to seek a fourth term as Mayor of Ocean Springs next year.

In recent days, there had been speculation that Moran was telling close associates she would not run again, but Moran quickly put those rumors to rest.

"There is absolutely no truth to that," Moran said. "I absolutely intend to run again. I haven't discussed it much with anyone, but the few people I have spoken with I've told that I will definitely run."

The 59-year-old Moran is a native of Ocean Springs. She was elected to her first term as mayor in 2005 -- taking office just six weeks before Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi coast.

Moran, a Democrat, won reelection in 2009, narrowly defeating Republican challenger Scott Walker. She became the first Ocean Springs mayor since the 1800s to serve three consecutive terms when she defeated Republican John McKay in 2013, garnering 62 percent of the vote.

In 2011, Moran was the Democratic nominee for state treasurer, but was defeated by Republican Lynn Fitch.

The next municipal elections are scheduled for the fall of 2017. Thus far, no potential challengers have come forward.