Mayoral races across state taking shape

HATTIESBURG, STARKVILLE and LAUREL — The field of Hattiesburg mayoral candidates has widened with the announcement of Councilman Dave Ware for the city’s top office.

The Hattiesburg American reports the 41-year-old Ware, who is in his second term as councilman, will run as an independent.

Ware says goals for his administration would include an accountability system for city employees, through third party evaluators

Ware is the third announced candidate for mayor of Hattiesburg. Incumbent Mayor Johnny DuPree and Councilwoman Deborah Delgado, both running as Democrats, have announced intentions to run in the mayoral race.

Municipal elections will be held June 4.