Hattiesburg Ex-Mayor DuPree Running for Secretary of State

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former mayor who was the Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor in 2011 is now running for secretary of state.

Johnny DuPree tells the Clarion Ledger that election reform is his top issue. The 65-year-old DuPree was Hattiesburg mayor from 2001 to 2017. He has also been a school board member and a real estate agent.

DuPree was the first African-American to win a major party nomination for Mississippi governor. He is the only Democrat who has announced for secretary of state.

The two Republicans who have announced are southern district Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton of Laurel and state Sen. Michael Watson of Pascagoula.

The third-term secretary of state, Republican Delbert Hosemann, is running for lieutenant governor.

Mississippi candidates’ qualifying deadline is March 1.

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