Losing mayoral candidate still looking at ballots; DuPree to follow

HATTIESBURG — Campaign workers for the candidate who came out 37 votes short of being elected mayor of Hattiesburg are going into their second week of inspecting ballots. Once Dave Ware’s campaign is done, it will be time for Mayor Johnny DuPree’s campaign workers to do the same thing.

Some allegations of impropriety have come up, The Hattiesburg American reported.

Some voters say that the two top finishers’ names were the only ones on their ballots for the five-man race.

Shawn O’Hara, Nathan Jordan and Clyde Stewart all ran for mayor as independents.

Tina Mann is among three voters who wrote to Ware’s campaign, saying their electronic ballots showed only his name and DuPree’s.

“I’m sorry that I didn’t say anything at the time,” she said. “In the back of my mind, I guess I just thought, ‘Oh, those other candidates must not have qualified.’”

Mann, said she and her husband, Gibson, have since spoken to six other voters who had the same problem.

Members of Ware’s camp say only that their inspection of the ballots has raised questions that made them check the law over the weekend.

When asked if it was a fair election, Ware campaign manager David Morris said: “I will say that there a number of questions and concerns about the manner in which the election was carried out, and that has led us to the examination in the first place.”

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