Democrats celebrate first African American woman to win state office in DeSoto County

Local Elections

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. ( – Here’s something we don’t say very often: Democrats in heavily Republican DeSoto County are celebrating.

Thursday night Democrats honored Hester Jackson-McCray, the first African American woman to win a state office in DeSoto County. 

She beat Republican incumbent Ashley Henley for house district 40 by only 14 votes.

They faced-off before, but Henley won by a wide margin. Henley still is not convinced she lost and is contesting the results, even though the election results have been certified.

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