MACON, Miss. (AP) — A judge says he won't dismiss a losing candidate's challenge to a mayoral election in northeast Mississippi.

Earlie Henley filed the challenge after losing the Brooksville mayor's race to David Boswell in May 2017.

WTVA-TV reports that special Judge Frank Vollor on Tuesday rejected a request by Boswell to dismiss the challenge during arguments in Macon.

Instead, Vollor is setting a bench trial for December 10 in Macon.

The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Vollor, a former circuit judge from Vicksburg, as a special judge to hear the case in June 2017.

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Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com