- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) - New state Sen. Chad McMahan held a second swearing-in ceremony for himself in Guntown’s City Hall so home-town folks could attend.

He says many people cannot get off work and get to Jackson for the inauguration, so he brought it to them.

The Northeast Misssissippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1WV6JYi ) reports that at least 75 people jammed into the small board room and others waited in the hall.

After the ceremony Friday, McMahan and supporters hosted a catfish dinner next door at the Guntown Community Center.

McMahan defeated incumbent Nancy Collins. He’s also staying on the Guntown board of aldermen, attending meetings by teleconference.

He says a special election to fill the board seat would cost $5,000, and the Attorney General’s Office says both are legislative jobs, so he can do both.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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