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Hattiesburg Mayor DuPree Talks About Ware's Petition of Contest

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mayor Johnny DuPree made a statement Tuesday addressing the petition of that City Councilman Dave Ware filed against him on Monday at the courthouse.

Ware, the former mayoral candidate, asked the courts to review the documents from the June 4 general election. He said during his examination process, his campaign workers found several irregularities.

"Dave Ware actually won," said Cory Wison, Ware's attorney, at Monday's press conference.

"I totally disagree with them," said Mayor DuPree. "His assertions are not right, they are not proper."

He said his own examination process of the June 4 election confirmed that he was the winner.

"The intent and the will of the voters was expressed on June 4," DuPree said.

The petition Ware filed makes several allegations against DuPree. It states that he was present a the a precinct on voting day, and that his wife took absentee ballots to the Forrest County Detention Center and forced a few inmates to voter for her husband.

DuPree said he's been advised by his lawyers not to answer in specific questions regarding the claims.

"Hopefully, in the near future my attorneys will have all the answers to your questions and we can move on," he said.

Ware said on Monday that he wants the court process to go swiftly.

"Honest and open elections, and that's what we are hoping for," Ware said.

"To object the city to this I think is regretful," said DuPree. "I'm going to go about my business of being mayor."

"That's what I was elected to do on June 4 and that's what I'm going to do," he said.

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