HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It certainly hasn't been a secret, but Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree makes it official. He is a candidate for the state's top office.
DuPree, a democrat, made the formal announcement Tuesday morning in downtown Hattiesburg. DuPree says his decision to run for governor came after spending time in China and talking it over with family and friends.
Education, economic development and adequate care for children and the elderly are the main areas DuPree says needs changing in the state, as well as creating a better image, which first starts at the ground level.
"Once we believe that we are good we can spread this word and the nation will stop looking down on Mississippi and they'll start looking up at Mississippi," said DuPree.
After the announcement DuPree signed his qualifying papers and then headed to Jackson to turn them in to the Democratic Headquarters.
DuPree joins the race with republicans Phil Bryant and Dave Dennis as well as fellow democrat Bill Luckett.