An election contest was filed by Brian Atkins in regards to the District 3 supervisor’s race in the Nov. 5 general election.

After being contacted by the Monroe Journal, Monroe County Circuit Clerk Dana Sloan confirmed the filing.

On Nov. 27, the Mississippi Supreme Court appointed the Hon. Larry E. Roberts, senior status judge, as special judge to preside over the matter. No date was scheduled as to when the matter will be heard.

According to a press release from the Mississippi Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon, at least eight challenges to county elections have been filed across Mississippi, with most of them dealing with supervisor races.

In addition to Monroe County, challenges have been filed in Jasper, Madison, Leflore, Washington, Yalobusha and Quitman counties.

Atkins, who ran Republican in race, received 1,057 votes, or 39.98 percent, compared to Independent Rubel D. West’s 1,071 votes, or 40.51 percent, and Democrat Wayne Faulkner’s 515 votes, or 19.48 percent.

West was declared the winner.

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