The race for the open seat for Senate District 31 has been claimed. Republican Tyler McCaughn defeated Democrat Mike Marlow by a large margin, pulling out nearly 70% of the vote.
McCaughn will be filling the seat of longtime state Sen. Terry C. Burton, a seat he has held since 1992. Burton announced back in January he would not be running for re-election.
After the primary election, McCaughn said him and his team had "a lot of work to do". The campaigning McCaughn and his team did over the past few months made a difference in Tuesday's general election with McCaughn winning such a large percent of the vote.
"I've got to give thanks to where thanks are due and that is to all these people that are here," McCaughn said out front of the Newton County volunteer firehouse. "All the supporters that are out there, they've done everything they can and they've gone to bat to make sure they have a strong voice in Jackson."
McCaughn, a native of Scott County, is a farmer and attorney in Newton. He has focused his campaign largely on improving infrastructure, expanding the agriculture industry and increasing salaries for teachers.
"We can't slack up on our economic development here. We've had some good things happen here in District 31 from Raytheon all the way down to ESCO, the new saw mill and Lazy Boy," McCaughn said. "We can't slack up on the good things we've done because we've got great people here that just want a good job and want to make sure their kids are properly educated."