Lawyer Solomon Osborne posted an overwhelming victory Tuesday to become the next elected state representative from the 32nd District.
Osborne attracted 996 votes, or 76 percent, to 309 votes, or 24 percent, for Troy D. Brown Sr. There was one write-in vote cast
At the time of writing, absentee and affidavit ballots were still being counted. One write-in vote was cast.
“I’m just tired,” said Osborne, explaining he had spent “three weeks straight” campaigning, getting little sleep.
For him, winning “feels better than if I had lost.”
Osborne, 70, a semi-retired lawyer spent much of his career filing cases against Mississippi municipalities and counties regarding civil, housing and employment rights abuses.
The newly elected state representative had run for office before and was elected Leflore County judge in 2001.
Osborne resigned in 2008, however, while under investigation by the Mississippi Supreme Court for his role in incarcerating a 17-year-old girl in the county’s juvenile detention center without trial.
The court ordered the girl freed and slapped Osborne with a lifetime ban from ever holding a judicial office in Mississippi.
The District 32 House seat was vacated in December when Willie J. Perkins Sr. resigned to take office as a chancery court judge.
House District 32 encompasses about two-thirds of Greenwood as well as areas in Leflore County, such as the Browning and Rising Sun communities, Sidon and Mississippi Valley State University.
For Brown, the loss was disappointing. Still, he didn’t hold any grudge against Osborne, saying he congratulated Osborne.
The general election on Nov. 5 will choose a state representative from House District 32 to serve a full four-year term beginning January 2020.
Five candidates — two Democrats and three independents — have expressed interest, including Osborne and Brown.
Brown will run as an independent candidate whereas Osborne has qualified as a Democrat and will face Tavarris K. Cross Sr. in that party’s primary Aug. 6.
Though Brown lost, he hopes to connect more closely with the community prior to the November election.
“I’m going to focus on trying to communicate with the people who I want to represent and seeing if I can be a better me for them,” Brown said.
He added that win, lose or draw, he still wants to gain a stronger connection with the people of Greenwood.
“I love this place too much to give up and I hope they don’t give up on me,” Brown said, adding he’d still like to foster a strong connection with residents even if he does lose again.
The winner of the primary will be listed on the ballot along with the independent candidates, Brown, Thomas McMillin “T-Mac” Howard and Toris Williams.
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