- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) - Lumberton Mayor Ben Winston on Wednesday resigned effective immediately.

WDAM-TV (https://bit.ly/1LQif2x ) reports Winston turned in his resignation to the circuit clerk’s office.

“I had some great political aspirations and things I wanted to do for the people of Lumberton and that just isn’t working out,” said Winston. “I’m 66 years old, in good health and still have a lot of stuff left that I want to do, and the people seem to think I can’t serve them, so I’m out.”

Winston has served as mayor since he defeated Miriam Holder in 2013.

Lumberton has about 2,000 residents and is on the south-central border of Lamar County. The town has been struggling financially for years, reaching a low when documents could not be found to give Winston and the board of alderman any idea of expected revenue for the 2014-15 budget year.

Winston was recently involved in trying to secure a $2.5 million dollar grant for the city to try to get the city’s financial plans back on track, including a major repair to the sewer and water system.

“I make right at $600 a month, and I spend (a) majority of that driving back and forth to Jackson and places trying to do good for this city, but it seems the people don’t want that,” said Winston. “Now I am just going to be a normal citizen and go about my own business peacefully and just enjoy my health.”

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Information from: WDAM-TV, https://www.wdam.com

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