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Jones, White in runoff for Hattiesburg mayor nomination

The two initiatives are on the Hattiesburg City Council's agenda for Tuesday night's meeting.
The two initiatives are on the Hattiesburg City Council's agenda for Tuesday night's meeting.(WDAM)
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 10:37 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Two Democrat incumbent City of Hattiesburg council members were reelected to four-year terms, while the Democratic nominee for mayor won’t be decided until April 27.

Vanessa Jones and Lakeylah White will face off in a runoff in three weeks for the opportunity to challenge incumbent Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker in June’s general election.

Jones and White were the top two vote getters in a three-person race in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Jones, a long-time fixture in Hattiesburg legal circles, received the most votes, pulling 910 of the 2,081 votes cast, for 43.7%.

White was close behind.

White, who led the city’s department of urban development during the final term of former mayor Johnny DuPree picked up 870 votes, or 41.8% of the votes.

The third candidate, Stacey Daniels, received 14.5% of the vote with 301 votes.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado will sit another term after winning Tuesday’s three-candidate Democratic primary.

Delgado received 65% of the vote with 562. Charlie Johnson was next with 179 votes, and Cedric Dallas finished third with 124 votes.

Ward 5 Councilman Nicholas Brown won a second term with 71.9% of the vote, with 442 votes total. Challenger Howard Toler gathered 173 votes.

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