Hopson, Denton win in landslides in legislative races

Published 11:51 am Thursday, August 6, 2015

State Sen. Briggs Hopson III will face no opposition in the General Election in November.

Hopson defeated Bill Marcy by garnering 92 percent of the ballots in Warren County for the Senate District 23 seat. He had 4,292 votes to Marcy’s 365.

“I’m just going to go back to my law office and get caught up and take a chance to enjoy this victory for a couple days,” Hopson said. “I’ll obviously take the opportunity to let people know how much I appreciate their support and the faith and trust they have put in me to represent them.”

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“I was very honored to win and I’m very humbled by this victory.”

State Rep. Oscar Denton defeated two challengers to win re-election to the House District 55 seat.

The primary victory means he returns to the Legislature for a full four-year term when it convenes in January. There are no Republican or independent challengers.

District 55 covers all of Warren County.

Denton won a special election in 2013 to finish the uncompleted term of Mayor George Flaggs Jr., who retired from the Legislature after he was elected Vicksburg Mayor.

“I want to thank God for allowing me the opportunity, and the people for believing in me and trusting me to do what I can for them,” he said. “I will continue to fight for the rights of people, working people, everybody. Education is a big focus of mine and I’ll try to get Mississippi off the bottom of some of this.”

Denton carried all 12 precincts in the county, getting 1,403 votes or 76 percent of the vote, to 413, or 22.38 percent for Chris Green and 29 votes, or 1.57 percent for Arrick R. Rice.

In the legislature, Hopson is chairman of the Judiciary A Committee and has been vice chairman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee and was elected by his fellow lawyers to lead the state bar association.

Hopson also is the Vicksburg Warren School Board attorney and was chosen as 2014 Legislator of the Year.

“I do my best and always try hard, try to give a good day’s work with integrity,” he said.

Hopson will win re-election in November unless a write-in candidate receives more votes.