The next senator representing District 38 will be just like the last in at least one regard — a Pike County resident.
Only two candidates — Kelvin Butler and Gary Brumfield — filed qualifying papers by the Sept. 3 deadline for the Nov. 2 special election to replace former Sen. Tammy Witherspoon, who resigned when she took office as Magnolia mayor in July.
They’ll both be running as independents in the non-partisan race.
Both come into the race with advantages: Butler previously held the seat for three terms, and Brumfield has Witherspoon’s endorsement.
Butler held the office from 2004-2016 as a Democrat before giving up the seat and eventually serving as McComb’s city administrator. When he was in the Senate, he chaired the Labor Committee.
Brumfield, as pastor of Rose Hill M.B. Church, which is active in the community through its various outreach programs, has earned recognition for his community service.
Witherspoon, a Democrat, beat a crowded field in 2015 to win Butler’s old seat and was re-elected in 2019.
Senate District 38 includes parts of Adams, Amite, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties.
It’s one of two Senate races and three special elections for legislative seats in Mississippi being held in November.
The other senate race is for District 32, which Sen. Sampson Jackson, D-Preston, who resigned in June, had represented since 1992.
The district includes parts of Kemper, Lauderdale, Noxubee and Winston counties.
Nine people have qualified to run in that election, according to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.
A special election for House District 29 in Bolivar and Sunflower counties, which Rep. Abe Hudson, D-Shelby, represented before resigning this year, also will be on the ballot.
Two people have qualified to replace him.