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Hattiesburg City Council At Odds Over Election Commission

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A Hattiesburg City Council meeting turns ugly Wednesday as the members argue over who will serve on the next Election Commission.

Out of the five people who served the last time, only three of them wished to return.

The mayor appointed them, but it was up to a vote by the city council to ratify and approve them.

The three returning members were not approved by a vote of 2 to 3.

Council members Deborah Delgado and Henry Naylor were the only one's who voted for everyone.

Delgado got upset and said the other council members were being racists for not voting for the black members who the mayor appointed.

DuPree told us at Tuesday's meeting why it was so important to select an Election Commission immediately.

"We cannot order ballots until we have an election commission," he said.

Mr. DuPree said the five member board from the last vote did nothing wrong.

"I have full faith in the people who conducted our elections," he said at Tuesday's meeting.

Last week, some of the members of the city council said they did not want the same officials to run the new election.

Councilman Carter Carroll said that's why he voted against those who served previously.

Councilwoman Delgado said Tuesday, after the backlash from the last election,  time for everyone to work together.

Wednesday's vote made her so upset she walked out of the meeting not satisfied with the outcome.

"You all are white and you voted only for the white candidates," she said during the meeting.

DuPree said that according to an opinion by the attorney general, since the other positions are left open, they should be filled by members of the previous commission. That solution was debated by the council as well.

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