Jones, White in runoff for Hattiesburg mayor nomination

Jones, White in runoff for Hattiesburg mayor nomination
Two incumbent city council members were reelected for four-year terms. (Source: WDAM)

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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