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18-year-old wins seat for District 1 Election Commissioner

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – History has been made as Tyler Wood, 18, will be sworn in as the newest election commissioner for Forrest County in January. 

Wood said he became interested in running for office after working closely to the position race during the primary season.

“I’ve worked with my opponent before and I’ve seen how he works the election and I just believe I could do a better job, I’m thankful the voters chose me,” said Wood.

After seeing a need to restore the hope people have lost in politicians, he saw an opening to renew the community of Forrest’s confidence in government.

“I just wanted to give people hope that there are still good politicians out there,” said Wood.

He is currently a student at Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg and is certain his age is not a factor when it comes to doing a good job for the community.

“I was just blessed I was able to pull it off,” said Wood. “I knew once we got to 72 percent it was over.”

Wood said he was able to take the win by going door to door and getting his name out there through word of mouth. Moving forward he hopes to ensure fair elections and primarily that ballot boxes be submitted on time.

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