The Hattiesburg mayoral election ended an era last night as the people of the Hub City chose Rep. Toby Barker over incumbent Johnny Dupree.
However, the Tuesday night vote was not the final trip to the ballot box for those in Forrest and Lamar counties.
Barker has served as a Republican representative in the state House for district 102 since 2008. Now, he will have to resign that position, leaving it vacant.
The Secretary of State’s Office has said that a special election will be needed to fill that position, and a tentative date was set prior to Tuesday’s election for November 7th.
According to a spokesperson from Governor Phil Bryant’s office, the Governor will have 30 days from the time of Barker’s resignation to issue a writ for special election. As of Wednesday morning, the resignation had not yet been turned in to the Governor.
Barker posted this video of his acceptance speech last night:
News Mississippi will continue to follow this story.