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Election Result

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After nearly four months of controversy, the candidates accept the results of the mayoral race.

"Today, Hattiesburg finally has a mayor, and I want to congratulate Mr. DuPree on his win as he is now the mayor of Hattiesburg once again," Former Councilman Dave Ware said. 

Once all the votes were examined and scanned, Election Commission Chairman Joe Kinnan announced that Mayor Johnny DuPree won 7,512 votes compared to former Councilman Dave Ware's 7,305.

"We don't steal," a crowd of DuPree supporters chanted from the steps of City Hall.

When he spoke to the crowd, DuPree thanked his family for their support saying no one knew what his wife has been through.

"I thank you all for supporting my family," DuPree said.  "I thank you all for praying for my family."

He said he looks forward to continuing his service as Mayor of the City of Hattisburg.

"There needs to be some changes in our election laws," DuPree said.

He specifically addressed the absentee process.  Ware supporters met him at his headquarters shortly after the results were announced.  He said he agrees there needs to be changes.

"We've seen yet once again problems in our election process, and we need to continue on that conversation, but we need to make sure that we continue that conversation without contempt," Ware said.  "We need to sit down with mutual respect and talk about how we can improve this process for our community."

He said his campaign slogan "Forward Together" is not over just because the election is finished.

"Stand up for what we know is right, and stand up against those things that we know should not occur in this community," Ware said. "So, if we move our community forward, we need to move it forward together."

"You're the best city in the state," DuPree said to his supporters.  "Thank you for letting me be your mayor."

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