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Hattiesburg Mayor, City Council Agree On Election Commission

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - With just two weeks left before the special election, the Hattiesburg City Council and the mayor agree on an Election Commission.

"We felt like it was very important in this election that we have five new people," said Ward 4 Councilwoman Mary Dryden.

She said Monday's meeting was a step in the right direction.

"We are very pleased," she said.

Mayor Johnny DuPree submitted all new names for the three positions that were still open. Jessie Portis, Norris Clark,  and Lillie Easton were all approved unanimously.

"We ended up selecting these who I think will do a wonderful job just as the last ones did," said DuPree.

He said there's a lot of work to be done.

"The closer you get to an election date, the more time they have to spend working," he said.

The mayor and some members of the council have previously been at odds about the matter.

"We had let the mayor know ahead of time that we would not reappoint any of the former election commissioners," Dryden said.

However, both sides are glad to proceed.

"We've got two weeks and a day we need some resolution of it," DuPree said.

"We want the community to feel like this election is held completely above the board with transparency so there won't be any questions about it," Dryden said.

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