Two longtime incumbent South Mississippi lawmakers were ousted Tuesday and three new faces will represent the area in the Legislature, voters decided in Tuesday’s primary runoffs.
In local races, an 18-year veteran Jackson County supervisor was defeated as voters decided 21 county-government runoffs from the Aug. 2 primaries.
Real estate business owner Greg Haney of Gulfport defeated incumbent state Rep. Roger Ishee, who’s held the District 118 House seat since 1997, 67 percent to 33 percent in unofficial results. Haney, unopposed in the November general election, said he believes voters are looking for a change, from Washington down to Gulfport, and that his small-business background helped.
“I was told when I started this thing, that if I go grass roots, get out and meet people and listen to them, that I could win this thing,” Haney said.”That’s what we did, me and my wife, and we met a lot of great folks. I’d like to thank them for their encouragement and prayers.”
Former teacher and businesswoman Angela Burks Hill defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Sidney”Sid” Albritton, who’s held the District 40 seat since 2004, 52 percent to 48 percent.
“Voters were not satisfied with the representation they had,” Hill said.”We are a conservative community and were not getting conservative representation.”
Hill said she is taking a philosophy of smaller government and less spending to Jackson and”we have to, because we don’t want to see the state going in the same direction as the federal government.”
Sonya Williams-Barnes handily defeated Richard”Kim” Marsh, 59 percent to 41 percent, in unofficial results in the Democratic House District 119 runoff. Williams-Barnes will fill the seat that represents North Gulfport, long held by Rep. Frances Fredericks, who decided not to seek re-election.
Williams-Barnes, co-owner and funeral director at Lockett-Williams Mortuary, said she believes voters could see her determination and desire to serve her community in Jackson.
“I’m just so appreciative that they have faith in me,” Williams-Barnes said.”I know I have big shoes to fill, and know it will take some time for me to fill them, but I’m ready for my feet to grow.”
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