(localmemphis.com) – There will be a runoff in the race for State Senate District 1.
The Republican primary was a hotly contested seat because of the debate over Olive Branch’s attempt to annex unincorporated areas of DeSoto County.
Incumbent Chris Massey had the most votes with 45%. He’ll face off against Hernando alderman Michael McLendon who had 30%. DeSoto County planning commission member and farmer Murry Haslip had 25%.
Haslip lives in the proposed annexation area and McLendon has been very vocal against annexation. Massey has faced criticism for not doing enough in Jackson to fight for legislation against annexation.
There isn’t a Democratic opponent, so the winner of the runoff will fill the seat.