James Perkins Jr. won a third term for mayor of Selma in a runoff election on Tuesday. His first two terms were from 2000 to 2008.

James Perkins Jr. may not officially take over as mayor of Selma until Nov. 2, but he started the day after winning the Oct. 6 runoff putting plans in place to prepare to take office.

One of the first major items of business will be setting a budget, he said. After not approving a budget for the last four years, the City Council voted last month to punt the 2021 budget to the new administration that was elected in the Oct. 6 runoff.

Perkins, who served as mayor from 2000 to 2008, said he knows how to establish a working budget but needs to look at spending over the last few years and talk to department heads to determine what the current budget should be.

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