Losing mayoral candidate challenges DuPree’s victory in Hub City

HATTIESBURG — Mayoral candidate Dave Ware has filed a petition of contest, challenging Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s victory in the June 4 mayoral election.

Ware lost by 37 votes, according to the certified election results.

The Hattiesburg American reports the petition alleges voting irregularities that include instances of disenfranchised felons voting in the election.

On the last day that he was eligible to do so, Ware filed petitions yesterday in the circuit courts of Lamar and Forrest counties.

DuPree won the absentee ballot count by 110 votes, according to the petition.

DuPree said he had not yet read the petition and needed time to digest its contents before commenting.

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