Justin J. Pearson to take State Rep. seat vacated by Barbara Cooper’s death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Environmental and social justice activist Justin J. Pearson will soon add one more title to his name - State Representative.

Pearson won the Democratic nomination for the District 86 seat on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

That seat was left vacated when former State Representative Barbara Cooper died just days before the 2022 Midterm elections.

Tuesday’s primary win for Pearson gives him the Democratic nomination for the seat and there is no Republican running for the spot.

Once Pearson is officially appointed to the seat, he will represent Frayser, Westwood, South Memphis, Millington and parts of Downtown Memphis.

Pearson won the primary with 716 votes, beating out nine other candidates for the seat.

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Among many of the causes Pearson has been involved in, the newly elected state representative proposed heavy opposition to the now-abandoned Byhalia Pipeline project.