Meridian native wins Hattiesburg mayoral race

Rep. Toby Barker (Source: Mississippi House of Representatives/State of Mississippi)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Meridian native and state Rep. Toby Barker has ousted longtime Hattiesburg mayor, Johnny DuPree.

The 35-year-old Barker represents District 102 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran as an independent for mayor.

The 63-year-old DuPree, a Democrat, has been mayor since 2001.