Coleman reflects on DA race

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The 10th Circuit Court District Attorney's race wasn't called until after 3 a.m. Wednesday when the final absentee ballots were tabulated in Kemper County.

Republican Kassie Coleman defeated Democrat opponent Michael Grace.

"I am thankful,” said Coleman. “I was excited to hear the result. I am very thankful that the voters of the 10th Circuit Court District trusted me to continue serving as their district attorney."

Coleman was appointed DA in 2018 by Gov. Phil Bryant when Bilbo Mitchell retired before the end of the term.

Coleman said she appreciates voters who chose her to serve as district attorney for the next four years.

"I will be a district attorney for all of the people of the 10th Circuit Court District and that includes the people who supported me as well as the people who supported my opponent,” said Coleman.

Michael Grace lost the election by 600 votes. Grace led in Lauderdale and Kemper counties. Coleman carried Clarke and Wayne counties.

Coleman said she has always worked hard and will continue to serve with professionalism and integrity. The DA said her office will be busy between now and Christmas.

"Part of my campaign platform was that I can hit the ground running and so that's literally what we're doing,” said Coleman. “We have a grand jury that will seat after the holiday on Monday. We'll start on Tuesday and we have trials scheduled through the end of the year."

Coleman will take oath of office in January.

"And I certainly want to have an open door. I want there to be a dialogue so that everyone believes that we are an office that will both serve and protect everyone,” said Coleman.

Newscenter 11 reached out to Grace for an on-camera interview. His campaign manager, Chris Thompson released a statement, "We are currently weighing Michael's options moving forward."