(WTVA) — A Starkville businessman and the former leader of the Lowndes County schools each won a special election runoff Tuesday for open seats in the Mississippi Legislature.
Bart Williams defeated Joyce Meek Yates 54 percent to 46 percent in the race for Senate District 15. Unofficial totals have Williams with 4,067 votes and Yates with 3,520 votes.
The district covers all of Choctaw and Webster counties and parts of Montgomery and Oktibbeha counties.
The seat came open with the retirement of Gary Jackson.
Former Lowndes County Superintendent of Education Lynn Wright defeated Columbus businessman David Chism for the House District 37 seat, which came open with Gary Chism's retirement.
Wright got 64 percent of the vote compared to Chism's 36 percent. Unofficial totals have Wright with 1,544 votes and Chism with 875 votes.
The district covers parts of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties.
Williams and Wright, both Republicans, will serve the remainder of the original term, which ends in January 2024.