Patricia Willis won the state House of Representatives District 95 special election Tuesday with 52.4 percent of the vote.

Willis, 60, an attorney and Waveland city prosecutor from Diamondhead, got 1,011 of the 1,928 ballots cast in the special election for the district, which covers Diamondhead and parts of Harrison and Hancock counties. She bested Grant Bower, Tommy Ballard and Sherri Carr Bevis.

“I’m delighted and I can’t wait to get to work,” Willis told the Sun Herald. “I couldn’t have done it without all the people behind me who got me to where I am.”

Willis avoided a runoff in the election by getting more than 50 percent of the total vote in the two counties. Bevis had 740 votes, or 38 percent, Ballard had 64 votes, or 3.3 percent, and Bower had 113 votes, or 5.7 percent.

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