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Candidates Making Final Preparations for August 2nd Runoff Election: Johnny DuPree

By Daniel Cherry | Published 17 Aug 2011 11:57pm | comments
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree calls voters from his campaign headquarters in Jackson

In less than a week Mississippi voters will go back to the polls for the runoff election in the Democratic Primary for Governor. In a two-part series MPB news is examining the campaigns of both candidates. MPB's Daniel Cherry talked with Johnny DuPree at his Jackson headquarters.

With just days left to campaign, Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree is reaching out to potential voters by phone.

DuPree says he's not going to do anything different for the runoff that he didn't do in the primary.  His opponent, Bill Luckett has raised more than twice the funds than DuPree. Because of that he says he's sticking to his ground game by calling and meeting voters instead of buying more airtime.

"Sometimes when you have more you don't do what the citizens really want you to do and that is to go talk to them, come sit down in front of them, come listen to me. You look at the bottom line, and you'll see we raised less money, we spent less money, but if we're victorious I think it supports the fact that you don't have to have a lot of money to win."

So far it's worked. DuPree garnered more votes than any candidate for governor in the primary.Democrat or Republican. DuPree says it's his experience that makes him an appealing candidate.

"I do have the experience serving on the school board for 5 years and 3 years of that I was president. Serving on the board of supervisors for 10 years, being the mayor right now for 10 years in Hattiesburg, served as President of the Mississippi Municipal League for 4 years. But my public service is really what I love to do, and that sets us apart."

DuPree touts, in his time as mayor of Hattiesburg, he's never raised taxes or cut services, and he says the city added one thousand jobs last year. He thinks that record will allow him to bring Republicans and Democrats together.

"That's what we did when we became mayor. The first thing that we did was bring people together from different counties and different cities and say, 'What can we do as a team?' And I think we've got to get on the same page with the state and the agencies and get all resolved that we're here to do one thing, and that's to make Mississippi a better place to live."

Runoff elections typically draw fewer voters than primaries, but DuPree says he's confident his supporters will turn out again for Tuesday's runoff.

 

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Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree calls voters from his campaign headquarters in Jackson


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