Mike Tagert will be representing Mississippi's Northern District on the state's Transportation Commission.
In runoff special election Tuesday, Tagert, 40, of Starkville defeated John M.M. Caldwell Sr. of Nesbit by a vote of 21,111 to 18,737, according to final but unofficial results from all 628 precincts in the 33 counties comprising the Northern District.
Results will be certified beginning today.
Reached by phone after results were announced, Tagert expressed appreciation for the "overwhelming support" shown for his candidacy in the Jan. 11 special election and in Tuesday's runoff with Caldwell.
"We've had an amazing response from our friends and neighbors. It's really been overwhelming," said Tagert Tuesday night. "I would like to sincerely say thank you to our friends and family here in Starkville and Oktibbeha County. We look forward to provide more representation for Oktibbeha County and the entire northern part of the state."
Tagert wins the Northern District Transportation Commission seat left vacant by the death of Bill Minor of Holly Springs on Nov. 1, 2010.
Upon taking office, Tagert will finish the remainder of Minor's term, which expires in 2012. It also makes him the incumbent candidate should he pursue a full term in the 2011 statewide elections to be held later this year.