HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Three-term mayor Johnny Dupree of Hattiesburg has made it official...he will seek a fourth term in office. Saturday afternoon, supporters held a kick-off rally at his campaign headquarters on Adeline Street.
Dupree was first elected mayor in 2001 and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009. If sent back to City Hall again, he says his top priorities will be tornado recovery and the completion of several important projects.
"There are some challenges we have to deal with as it relates to housing and those kinds of things and we're going to deal with those," Dupree said. "We still have challenges as it relates to our lagoon and finding funds for that, challenges for finding funding for our police department, but we'll do that. We have some drainage issues, some infrastructure issues," he said.
Dupree will face fellow Democrats Thomas Garmon and Catherine Starr in the May 7 primary.