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Mayor DuPree Talks About Hattiesburg General Election

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mayor Johnny DuPree is speaking out about his thoughts on the campaign process.

DuPree beat City Councilman Dave Ware by 37 votes. It was a tight race all the way to the end. 

"We are still going through the process," said DuPree. "They are evaluating the ballots."

The mayor said he knew that running against Ware wasn't going to be an easy win.

"There's only two ways to run, unopposed or scared, and I wasn't unopposed so I guess I had to be the other one" he said. "We're excited that we had a 37 vote lead and we're excited that we have the opportunity to lead for another four years."

It's no secret that there's been a lot of controversy surrounding the his campaign that's come to light over the past few days. DuPree said he hast paid too much attention to it.

"I have no idea what people are saying, but I do know that the process works," he said. "At the end of the day you hope the people accept the votes."

DuPree has worked in public office more than 20 years. He said there's one main thing he's learned from his journey.

"I've learned that you need to listen to the people," he said. "I've learned that you do things for the right reasons, things usually work out."

DuPree will be sworn in office again on July 1.

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