Stacey Wilkes, the BIPEC Recommended “Best for Business & Jobs” candidate, has won a Special Election for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Wilkes will represent House District 108 located in Pearl River County. This seat became vacant when former Representative Mark Formby of Picayune was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to the three-member Workers Compensation Commission.

Stacey Wilkes was declared the unofficial winner last night with 1,375 votes or 50.5%. Tavish Kelly was second with 812 votes or 29.8%, and Jerry Frazier received 531 votes or 19.5%. There are still 32 affidavit votes to be validated and counted but if any of the affidavit votes are disqualified or if Stacey Wilkes receives only one of those votes, she will have received the 50 percent plus one vote of the total votes cast therefore avoiding a runoff.

Wilkes stated, “As a small business owner, it is truly an honor for me to be recommended as ‘Best for Business & Jobs’ by one of the most sought-after endorsements by a candidate seeking elected office. I look forward to working with the people of House District 108 as we look to strengthen and grow our economy.”

Stacey is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in American Studies and a minor in Business Administration. With 17 years in the insurance industry, she holds an agent and adjuster’s license. In addition, she currently owns a successful small business, Right Minded, LLC, a public relations consultancy firm. You can learn more about her from this announcement in the Picayune Item