By WLOX Staff
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Scott DeLano has won the special election for State House District 117. DeLano received 871 votes, or 53 percent. His opponent, Patrick Collins, got 779 votes, or 47 percent.
District 117 covers parts of Gulfport and Biloxi. The seat opened up after Michael Janus resigned to become D'Iberville's City Manager.
Collins, 45, ran against Janus for the seat before in 2003 and 2007. DeLano, 38, is a real estate developer who is new to politics.
Candidates in special elections are not identified by party affiliation.