SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Former Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson has claimed a vacant Georgia state House seat that had been held by state Rep. Mickey Stephens.
Jackson won a majority in Tuesday's special election, beating four other candidates without need for a runoff. Democrat Antwan Lang finished second, while Libertarian Clinton Cowart was third. Democrats Clinton Young and Sabrina Kent finished fourth and fifth.
Jackson can take office as soon as results are certified, meaning she's likely to join the House for the remainder of a redistricting special session that began Tuesday.
Stephens, who died Aug. 14, had represented Chatham County's District 165 for more than a decade. He had stayed home from the General Assembly because of an extended illness that required multiple surgeries.
Jackson, 77, had originally said that she would serve the remainder of the two-year term, and not seek reelection in 2022, but now tells the Savannah Morning News that she's not sure of her future plans.
Jackson became the first Black woman to lead Georgia’s oldest city when she was elected mayor of Savannah in 2011. She lost her reelection bid four years later. Jackson served on the Savannah City Council before being elected mayor.