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Long Beach mayor says this is his last term

Mayor Billy Skellie makes a point at a Long Beach Board of Aldermen meeting.
Mayor Billy Skellie makes a point at a Long Beach Board of Aldermen meeting. ttisbell@sunherald.com

Long Beach Mayor Billy Skellie, in office for more than 11 years, told the Sun Herald on Tuesday he doesn’t plan to run again in next year’s municipal election.

“I’ll be gone in June,” he said.

Skellie’s father, William Skellie, was mayor when Hurricane Camille devastated Long Beach and the Coast in 1969.

History repeated itself in 2005 when Billy Skellie was sworn in as mayor two months before Hurricane Katrina came ashore, leveling much of the city and much of the Coast.

He ran unopposed in a 2004 special election and defeated Frank Reed to win re-election in 2009. He was voted in for his third term in 2013, defeating Kevin Nelson.

He said it’s kind of ironic a father and son would each guide the city after a big hurricane.

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