HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Almost a week before the deadline, no one has filed qualifying paperwork to run for Hattiesburg mayor.
Mayor Johnny DuPree announced almost a year ago he would run for re-election in 2017. DuPree, who was first elected in 2001, is seeking a fifth term as the city's mayor.
Mississippi Rep. Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, announced he was running for mayor in January. Barker was first elected as a state lawmaker in 2007.
Several men and women have qualified to run for Hattiesburg City Council.
Five people are vying for an open seat to represent Ward 1. Current Ward 1 Councilman Kim Bradley, who was elected in 2005, announced he wasn't seeking re-election in August.
- David Allen Breland - R
- Jeffrey George – R
- Bob Johnson – R
- Torrance Jermayne Green – D
- Kaylee Nicole Bradshaw - D
- Deborah Denard Delgado – D
- Tom S. Ramirez Boldo – D
- Cedric Dallas – D
- Adrian “Juan” Ratliff - D
- James C. Smith – D
- Mary Dryden – I
Ward 5 Councilman Henry Naylor has also not filed qualifying paperwork for re-election. Naylor stepped down as council vice president in August. Nicholas R. Brown, who qualified as a Democrat, is the only person currently running in Ward 5.
Candidates must file qualifying paperwork by 5 p.m. on March 3 to run for municipal office. Primary elections are May 2, with primary runoff elections on May 16. The general election is June 6.