Hattiesburg mayor: I will not appeal judge's ruling

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The mayor of Hattiesburg issued a statement via Facebook on Tuesday explaining that he would not appeal a judge's ruling that a special mayoral election must be held to determine the will of the voters following a trial claiming improper conduct in the general election.

Johnny DuPree wrote: "My job as mayor has always been rooted in doing what is in the best interest of Hattiesburg. While some believe that appealing the judge's ruling would be successful, my belief is that it is time for us to move forward as a unified city. 

"There is no better mechanism to determine the true will of the people than an open and fair election, and to this end, I am looking forward to the Special Election. Progress in Hattiesburg has been held hostage to election proceedings far too long. 

"I ask that you stand with me, walk with me, and make phone calls with me to let everyone know that their voices and their votes count. I also ask that you pray for me, my family, and our city. 

"Thank you for your continued support. "

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