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McMillin concedes race to Lewis

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin is conceding the Hinds County sheriff's race to challenger Tyrone Lewis. The Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee had certified the results of the August 2 primary showing Lewis as the winner, but problems reported at the polls and in the vote-counting process raised questions about whether McMillin would take action to re-examine the process.

On Thursday, McMillin released this statement:

"On the night of last week's primary election, I said that I wanted to see the final vote before commenting further on the outcome.

There were many irregularities in this election, and as we moved through this process this week, it became obvious that some of these problems simply won't be resolved.

The Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee has spoken and has certified a winner in the Democratic primary.

I do not plan to challenge the election results and my department will work with the new administration to assist in a smooth transition for the citizens of Hinds County. I have served the people of Hinds County honestly and to the best of my ability for 20 years, but now is the time to turn the page.

In this election, my opponent's advisors and supporters, Chokwe Lumumba, Tony Yarber, Constable Jon Lewis, and others chose to campaign on their view that Hinds County now needs a black sheriff -- a requirement I obviously could not meet. I have lived my adult life and my professional life dedicated to being colorblind -- and my department for 20 years has reflected my commitment. 

I want to thank the voters of Hinds County -- black and white, Democrat and Republican -- for the confidence they have placed in me for the past five terms, and I especially want to thank those dedicated members of the Hinds County Sheriff's Office who have served me with pride and distinction at low pay. I hope they will continue to serve the citizens of Hinds County under the new sheriff. I appreciate my family's support, and in this election in particular, my son Andrew, who has never made me prouder.

I leave an innovative and well run department that has been responsive to all the citizens of the Metro Jackson area and Hinds County and which I am very proud."

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