The legislative seat vacated last December by Willie J. Perkins Sr. when he was elected as a chancery judge drew the most interest from candidates who filed qualifying papers to get on the ballot.

As the Friday deadline passed, the House District 32 position drew interest from two Democrats and three independent candidates.

A special election between Greenwood attorney Solomon Osborne and Troy D. Brown Sr., a contractor with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is scheduled for March 12 to determine who will fill the position for the rest of the year. Under Mississippi law, candidates in special elections do not run under party labels.

Osborne, though, has qualified as a Democrat for the Aug. 6 primary, in which he will face Tavarris K. Cross Sr., a Mississippi Valley State University employee who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Greenwood in 2017 and for the Ward 6 seat on the Greenwood City Council in 2009 and 2013.

The winner of that primary will face three independents in the Nov. 5 general election — Brown, Thomas McMillin “T-Mac” Howard and Toris Williams. Howard is the founder and head of school of Delta Streets Academy. Williams, who worked for almost 25 years for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security before retiring from his state job, is guest relations manager at The Alluvian hotel.

Nick Onyshko, a Greenwood Middle School teacher whose candidacy in the District 32 special election was thrown out because of errors with his qualifying papers, did not file to run in the regular election, as he had earlier indicated he would.

None of the Greenwood-area legislative incumbents drew opposition. Sen. David Jordan, D-Greenwood, Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona, Rep. Karl Oliver, D-Winona, and Rep. Kevin Horan, D-Grenada, are all assured of another four-year term, starting in 2020.

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