2 competing in Mississippi House runoff after session ends

April 2, 2019

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A special election runoff will fill a seat in the Mississippi House, but it’s unclear whether the winner will ever get to vote as a lawmaker.

Kent McCarty and Steven Utroska are competing Tuesday in House District 101 in Lamar County. They advanced three weeks ago from a field of five candidates.

The winner will serve until the term ends in January, succeeding former Republican Rep. Brad Touchstone, who is now in a nonpartisan role as a Lamar County Judge.

The regular legislative session ended last week. The new lawmaker will get to vote as a representative only if there’s a special session before January.

The same five candidates are competing in the Republican primary in August for the regular election for the coming four-year term.