Mayor Johnny L. DuPree of Hattiesburg, MS Declares November 29th Small Business Saturday

Hattiesburg, MS – The city of Hattiesburg announced its endorsement and participation in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small independently-owned businesses that help boost local economies across the country.

“Black Friday is right around the corner and I urge my fellow community members to support our local, small businesses as they truly are the backbone of our nation’s economy. Pumping money into our local economy is a deposit into our community’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Mayor DuPree expressed.

Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has served as the ceremonial kickoff to the busy holiday shopping season for small, independently-owned businesses. In 2013, millions of consumers shopped at independently-owned small business spending $5.7 billion on the day – up from $5.5 billion in 2012.

Similar to last year, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a non-partisan small business advocate and operational arm of the Small Business Saturday Coalition, is rallying mayors across the country to show their support and encourage their local communities to “shop small” on November 29, 2014.

In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses in Hattiesburg, Mayor Johnny L. DuPree will issue a Small Business Saturday Proclamation for the city.

“In 2013, elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. championed Small Business Saturday which helped drive consumers to small, independently-owned businesses on the day,” said Barbara Kasoff, president of WIPP. “This year, we are urging Mayors everywhere to show their support and encourage their communities to ‘shop small’ during the holiday season.”

Hattiesburg small businesses will be offered toolkits and other resources to participate in Small Business Saturday by WIPP, on behalf of the Small Business Saturday Coalition.  Additional information about Small Business Saturday is available at:

State Democrats congratulate Mayor DuPree

( In a prepared statement, Rickey  Cole, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, issued the following statement in response to the certified results of last week’s mayoral election in Hattiesburg.

“On behalf of all Democrats in Mississippi and around the country, I congratulate the Honorable Johnny L. DuPree, his family, friends and supporters upon his re-election to serve another term as Mayor of Hattiesburg.  We are proud of Mayor DuPree, and we know that he will continue to lead Hattiesburg with the same quiet dignity and unswerving dedication that have been the hallmarks of his long career as a public servant,” said Cole in the news release.

According to Cole, the campaign was hard-fought and the struggle was long.

“We congratulate all those who worked so hard to win the battles.  We especially appreciate attorneys Precious Martin and Brandon Jones, whose dogged determination through the court trial and through the conduct of the most recent election made it possible for democracy to prevail.  These men are examples of what true patriots really are,” said Cole in a prepared statement.

“We salute all the elections officials who worked under enormous pressure and did their very best.  From the precinct poll workers to the election commissioners to the government observers sent from Jackson and Washington, we appreciate the tremendous efforts made to afford the people of Hattiesburg a free, fair and honest election,” according to Cole.

“Now that the election results have been certified, it is time for all citizens to come together.  Let us all congratulate the victor, say kind words to the vanquished, heal the wounds of division, and enter into a constructive conversation on how we can all move forward in unity for the betterment of all,” said Cole.

From Ella Dahmer – This Election Is Too Important

My husband Vernon Dahmer like many others fought and died for our right to vote.

This election is too important to Hattiesburg for us to be silent.

I’m supporting Mayor Johnny DuPree because he has made us proud. Mayor Johnny DuPree has recruited businesses, created over 3900 jobs in just 3 years, and is an excellent role model for our young people. Most importantly, Mayor DuPree has done so with humility and integrity.

Make your voice heard and honor the memories of those who who made the ultimate sacrifice. Vote Johnny DuPree on September 24.

~ Ella Dahmer

Democratic Chairman: Party is behind DuPree for Hattiesburg mayor

23477922_BG1The following statement was issued on September 19, 2013, by Rickey Cole, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party:

“It has come to my attention that certain individuals in Hattiesburg have represented themselves to be Democrats, but are supporting the opponent of our Democratic nominee for Mayor, Johnny DuPree, in the upcoming September 24 Special Election.

Let me be crystal clear:  the Democratic Party is solidly unified behind our nominee Johnny DuPree, and anyone actively opposing his re-election is not and should not be considered a loyal Democrat.  We encourage all Democrats to speak up and speak out in favor of the re-election of a tried and true public servant, Mayor Johnny DuPree.”

Moving Hattiesburg forward–the right way.

Three to One. This is how much my campaign was outspent by my opponent during the General Election.

We were successful because of people like you, and because we did more with less.

We have led Hattiesburg the same way. Since I have been Mayor, we have:

  • Generated the second-highest sales tax revenues in Mississippi (second only to Jackson);
  • Created 1500 jobs in 2011, 1100 jobs in 2012, and over 1500 jobs so far in 2013;
  • Not raised taxes or furloughed any city employees–even during the Great Recession;
  • Recognized with numerous awards for community involvement, small business development, health, attractions, and more.

We have done great things in Hattiesburg, but the best is yet to come.

The Special Election in Hattiesburg is on Tuesday, September 24th, and I need your help.

Please pitch-in $10, $25, or any amount you can afford to help us send the message that elections cannot be purchased, and that the will of the people is not for sale.

Moving Hattiesburg forward–the right way.

Johnny DuPree
Mayor of Hattiesburg

Mayor DuPree Urges Citizens to Apply for General Dynamics Information Technology Jobs

SONY DSCHattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg continues its efforts to rebuild as well as find gainful employment for hundreds of residents, especially those left homeless and jobless after the Feb. 10 F4 tornado that hit the city.

In days following the tornado, General Dynamics Information Technology promised to help stimulate the local economy and the morale of citizens by bringing 250 new jobs to the Pine Belt area.  In a progress report to Mayor DuPree on Tuesday, March 26, representatives of the Virginia-based company said they have hired 75 full-time, customer service representatives and are processing applications for 75 additional customer service reps, supervisors, trainers and lead positions. Nearly 100 temporary, customer service representative positions remain to be filled for first and second shifts, according to General Dynamics. Continue reading “Mayor DuPree Urges Citizens to Apply for General Dynamics Information Technology Jobs”