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Currie named to special committee to hear election challenge

Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, was named Wednesday to a legislative committee that will hear the election challenge of former Rep. Ashley Henley of Southaven, according to media reports.

Henley, a Republican, was defeated by Democrat Hester Jackson-McCray in the Nov. 5 general election by 14 votes. Henley is asking the Republican controlled House to overturn the results of the election.

In her petition, Henley writes that several findings of her ballot box examination show a failure “to adhere to proper election procedures to insure a fair and legitimate election” under state law, according to Mississippi Today.

“Elections are elections. It’s not a guaranteed position,” Jackson-McCray told Mississippi Today. “Anybody could come along and beat you. I just beat you fair and square. Hard work just beat you this time. She has the right to go through the technicalities, but I think if people read this notice she’s putting out, it looks like she’s arguing that her own party didn’t manage the election right. The election was run by Republicans. The DeSoto County election commissioners are Republicans. The Secretary of State is a Republican.”

The committee that will hear the petition is made up of four Republicans and one Democrat.