De'Keither Stamps, Jackson Ward 4 councilman Credit: City of Jackson

State Rep. DeKeither Stamps, a week after Election Day, was declared winner on Tuesday by the Associated Press of the Central District Public Service Commission seat.

In unofficial results, with AP reporting that 97% of precincts are in, Democratic challenger Stamps won with 131,727 votes, or 50.4% to incumbent Republican PSC Commissioner Bailey’s 129,593 votes, or 49.6%.

The three-member Public Service Commission, which regulates public utilities and the rates they charge customers in Mississippi, will have three new people starting in January — two Republicans and one Democrat (Stamps).

The other two PSC seats were decided in the August primary, with Republican state Rep. Chris Brown winning the Northern District and Republican challenger Wayne Carr winning the Southern District seat.

Current Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley ran unsuccessfully for governor this year, and Carr defeated current Southern District Commissioner Dane Maxwell in the Republican primary in August.

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Geoff Pender serves as senior political reporter, working closely with Mississippi Today leadership on editorial strategy and investigations. Pender brings 30 years of political and government reporting experience to Mississippi Today. He was political and investigative editor at the Clarion Ledger, where he also penned a popular political column. He previously served as an investigative reporter and political editor at the Sun Herald, where he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Hurricane Katrina coverage. Originally from Florence, Mississippi, Pender is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has received numerous awards throughout his career for reporting, columns and freedom of information efforts.