Republican Rusty Grills won the District 77 State Representative seat in the December 19 election.
Grills is filling the seat after Republican Bill Sanderson resigned earlier this year.
“I’m honored, humbled, and grateful for the opportunity to serve District 77,” Grills said in a phone call with newspaper staff Friday morning.
“My goal is to be available and approachable,” he said. “I have every intention [to] advocate on behalf of Lake County.”
Grills also expressed appreciation for his Lake County supporters.
Grills is a Newbern native who has served on the Dyer County Commission.
Unofficial election results show that Grills received 85.25 percent of votes, with a total of 3,344 votes throughout the district. In Lake County, he received 65.81 percent of the vote with 231 votes. In Dyer County, 87.92 percent of voters cast their ballots in his favor. In Obion County, he received 85.59 percent of votes.
Democrat Mike Smith received the second most votes with 504 votes among the three counties.
Each independent candidate received less than one percent of votes among the three counties. Max Smith received 39 votes (.99 percent), Ronnie Henley received 21 votes (.54 percent), and Billy M. Jones received 15 votes (.38 percent).