Dupree claims victory in Hub City mayoral race

HATTIESBURG — Johnny Dupree has apparently won a fourth term as mayor of Hattiesburg.

After affidavit ballots were tallied Saturday at Hattiesburg City Hall, DuPree, a Democrat, had received 7,512 votes to 7,305 votes for independent challenger Dave Ware.

DuPree and Ware, along with Shawn O’Hara, faced off in a special mayoral election Tuesday. Specially appointed Judge William Coleman ordered the special election after problems were revealed in the June 4 contest.

In the general election, DuPree led Ware by 37 votes. Ware, a former member of Hattiesburg City Council, challenged the results.

The tallying of the votes, including absentee and affidavit, took almost five days.

Dupree has remained in office as mayor while the election debate was sorted out.

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