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Judge weighs in on Hattiesburg City Council race

Just hours before election day, a specially appointed judge from McComb heard the case involving J. C. Herrington and three other Hattiesburg City Council candidates on Monday.

Judge David Strong, heard the Hattiesburg election challenge involving JC Herrington, who is running for the Ward 1 city council seat. Herrington filed a petition claiming candidates Derrick Ware, Petra Arnold Wingo, and Kavaja Beverly did not meet qualifying requirements regarding signatures. However, Judge Strong ruled all the candidates can stay on the ballot.

Herrington expressed his disappointment with the judge's ruling.

"It was very clear that the judge had already made an opinion," said Herrington.

Mississippi Attorney General, Jim Hood, stated in an opinion that he thinks all candidates should obtain signatures for candidacy in their own ward in order to run for a council position, but Strong disagreed.

Judge Strong agreed with Commission Chairman George DeCoux, who voted 4-1 to place the candidates names on the Tuesday ballot. The judge said the handbook does not state anything about obtaining signatures in a candidate's respected ward.

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