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Johnny DuPree is focused on November

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - One day after securing the Democratic nomination for Governor, Johnny DuPree was back at work on Wednesday on just three hours of sleep.

DuPree explained that he awoke at 5:30 AM Wednesday morning to begin work thanking supporters and responding to state and national requests for interviews.

Going into November, the Gubernatorial candidate said the campaign will be about issues. He said he doesn't view the race as a contest against Republican Phil Bryant, who is also vying for the state's top job, but an opportunity to move Mississippi forward.

In fact, Hattiesburg's Mayor said he likes the Lieutenant Governor. DuPree said the issues important to Mississippi include education, healthcare, jobs and things like obesity.

To tackle those issues, the candidate explained that a statewide coalition of concerned citizens is needed.

According to DuPree, "We are not trying to go in here and come and solve problems unilaterally. I mean it's going to take people to solve these problems and we've got to put people around the table that know how to solve problems, and who are experts in their area and give them a voice."

DuPree said over the next few months, he will be busy increasing his name recognition by traveling the state discussing his candidacy.

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