Johnny DuPree Wins Democratic Governor Nomination

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor, becoming the first black candidate to win major-party nod for the state's top job.

DuPree defeated Clarksdale attorney and developer Bill Luckett
in Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff.

He advances to the Nov. 8 general election to face Republican
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who already has spent more than twice as much as DuPree and Luckett, combined.

"I am honored, and I want to thank the thousands of supporters who worked hard to get us here," said DuPree. "This campaign has been about talking directly to the people, and tonight the people came out and showed their support. During this primary, both Bill Luckett and this campaign have stayed focused on the issues. We have not resorted to personal attacks. When it comes to the general election, nothing will change. We will continue to talk about the issues and what we can do to Make Mississippi First."

“I look forward to debating my opponent about public education, job creation and rebuilding the Mississippi economy," DuPree said. "I have full faith that the general election will play out like the primary election, with both of us running respectful, professional campaigns that are focused on issues.”

Mayor DuPree is serving his third term as mayor of Hattiesburg. Prior to that he served three terms as a member of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors and one term as president of the Hattiesburg School Board. He is a former president of the Mississippi Municipal League. Mayor DuPree is also a small business owner and real estate agent.

Independent Will Oatis of Silver Creek is running for governor.
Two rival factions of the Reform Party also want to put a candidate in the race, but the state Board of Election Commissioners has not yet decided which Reform candidate, if either, can run.

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour could not seek a third term this

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  • by -0- on Aug 25, 2011 at 08:49 PM
    Maybe he will be easier to beat in Nov, who knows? Vote Bryant if you want a responsible fiscal leadership. All -0- left you with is no HOPE & no CHANGE for your buck. That is what will happen with DuPree.
  • by basic Location: clinton ms on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    we do notneed another millionaire governor in ms. phil bryant is a millionaire and knows nothing and cares nothing about people who actually have to work for a living. eveyone just please get to know mayor dupree and you will see that he is an honorable well qualified man to be governor.
  • by Randy Harrison on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Like i have said ,,,education is not working
  • by Randy Harrison Location: Meridian on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    Judging by the comments ,,, education should be a priority
  • by Jessica Location: Meridian,MS on Aug 24, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    Mayor Dupree will make an excellent Governor. He is HIGHLY qualified and have the credientals to prove it. As Obama once stated, it's time for a change. Regardless of the race and/or ethnicity of the person. We need and deserve a person for ALL people.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    Mayor DuPree is a fine person. But he is not yet in the governor's office. There are others running for governor and all, including the mayor, will be on the November ballot.
  • by meridian Location: meridian on Aug 23, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    I am glad wevhas a new face in office maybe things will get better for the middle class working family
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