Longtime civil rights attorney Solomon Osborne was elected Tuesday by an overwhelming majority to serve as state representative for Mississippi House District 32 for the rest of 2019.
The special election was held to provide the district with representation during the current legislative term after Willie J. Perkins Sr. vacated the seat when he was elected chancery court judge.
As expected, the election drew few voters with only 1,066 votes cast. But Osborne was picked by 842 voters or 79 percent, compared with FEMA contractor Troy D. Brown Sr.'s 223 votes, or 21 percent. One vote was cast for a write-in candidate.
Special elections are held as non-partisan votes but both candidates have qualified for the Nov. 5 general election, Osborne as a Democrat and Brown as an independent.
Also qualifying for the fall election were Democrat Tavarris K. Cross Sr. and independents Thomas McMillin "T-Mac" Howard and Toris Williams. Cross and Osborne will face off in a primary on Aug. 6 while all other candidates will move forward to November.