Hickman, Duong qualify for District 32 run-off
A prosecuting attorney from Noxubee County and an optometrist from Meridian finished a solid one-two in a nine-person race for the vacant District 32 seat in the Mississippi State Senate.
Rod Hickman, of Noxubee County, picked up 1,677 votes districtwide, barely clipping Dr. Minh Duong who finished with 1,611 votes. Keith K. Jackson of Kemper County was third at 934, while Kim Houston of Meridian was 910.
Hickman, who had 24 percent of the vote and Duong, who had 23 percent, will meet in the run-off on Nov. 23.
Stan Copeland finished fifth at 771 votes, followed by James Creer with 544, Justin Curtis Creer, 300, W.J. Coleman, 136, and Bradley Joseph Sudduth, 90.
Copeland, of Preston, led Kemper County with 544 votes, followed by Hickman with 457, and Jackson with 427. The rest of the Kemper County tally saw James Creer receiving 341, Minh Duong, 215, Justin Creer 194, Houston 149, Coleman 27 and Sudduth 10.
Hickman had strong numbers in both Noxubee and Kemper counties, while Duong garnered most of his support from Lauderdale County.