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18-year-old wins election commissioner seat in Mississippi

An 18-year-old is expected to take office in January as Forrest County’s next District 1 election commissioner.

Local media reports that teenager Tyler Wood beat out incumbent Charlie Phillips during the Tuesday balloting.

Wood, who’s a student at Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg, says he’ll be up to the job despite his age. He says it’s not about how old you are, it’s about having the “integrity, the knowledge and the experience” to do the job.

Wood says he got interested in the job while helping out during Forrest County’s recent primaries.

Gwen Wilks, the county’s circuit clerk, says the unofficial results show Wood with about 300 votes more than his opponent. Affidavit ballots are still being counted but she said it’s unlikely to change the results.

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