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Hattiesburg Councilwoman Discusses Her Comments On Race

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado is sticking by her comments calling a vote by some of her colleagues based on race.

Last Wednesday the Hattiesburg City Council voted to ratify the names of those appointed by the mayor to serve on the election commission. Three of Johnny DuPree's appointments were voted against by council members Carter Carroll, Kim Bradley, and Mary Dryden.

Delgado pointed out that her white colleagues voted against the appointments who were black.

"You all are white and only voted for the whites," said Delgado in last week's meeting.

"My concern was out of the three African Americans for the Election Commission that were presented, not one was acceptable," she said. "It just didn't sit well with me."

Her colleagues disagreed with her reasons.

During the meeting Councilman Carter Carroll said, "If I have a negative vote, it will strictly be because that person served on the past election."

Carroll made that statement even before the vote occurred, but Delgado says that's an unfair reason.

"They have experience, they've been doing it for years," she said.

Some council members said they didn't want anyone from the previous election to be involved this time around.

"We need a clean slate," he said during the meeting.

Delgado said the last Election Commission did nothing wrong.

"The lawsuit that was filed was not about them," Delgado said. "I'm not calling my colleagues racists, I'm saying that the vote reflected differences based on race."

"As long as we continue to act like it does not exist we will continue to have these problems," she said.

We reached out to the council president, Kim Bradley, but he was unavailable.

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