Challenger Larry Primeaux, a Meridian attorney, upset 12-year incumbent Chancellor Sarah Springer Nov. 7 for a seat on the 12th District Chancery Court bench.

The two candidates had last met in 1994, in a herd election featuring four candidates — incumbent Jerry Mason, Primeaux, Springer and Robbie Jones.

Springer and Mason took office and remained unchallenged until this year, the first “at large” election since 1994. An “at large” election is one that enables candidates to choose their opponents; Primeaux chose to run against Springer, not Mason.

The campaign was marked by aggressive television advertising that some said crossed the line of fair play. Central to the campaign were the issues of fairness and the incumbent’s record on appeal before the Mississippi Court of Appeals and the Mississippi Supreme Court.

In the end, Primeaux swept both counties in the 12th District, Lauderdale and Clarke, and won the election by more than 10 percentage points. Springer’s final vote total was 9,171 for 44.65 percent of the vote; Primeaux’s vote total was 11,368 for 55.35 percent of the vote.

Primeaux will be sworn in on Tuesday.

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