Mayor’s races shaping up 1 year out from elections

In Hattiesburg, Democratic Mayor Johnny DuPree has already said he intends to seek a fifth term in 2017 — and if that election cycle is anything like the last one, he won’t have it easy. After DuPree won the June 2013 election, Republican candidate Dave Ware challenged the outcome. A judge cited voting irregularities and ordered a new election in September 2013. DuPree again defeated Ware…

…Bill Luckett, the Democratic mayor of Clarksdale, told The Associated Press on Friday that he plans to seek a second term in 2017. He said tourism is thriving with travelers from Australia, England and other countries who are seeking an authentic Mississippi Delta blues experience…

…Former state Rep. Chuck Espy told the AP in a separate interview Friday that he hasn’t ruled out running for mayor of Clarksdale next year. He lost to Luckett in the 2013 Democratic primary in a race to succeed his father, Henry Espy, who was the city’s first black mayor and served 28 years.

Hattiesburg American
5/22/16