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Trailblazer to speak at event for Dems in DeSoto County

On Tuesday night, Johnny DuPree emerged the winner in a Democratic primary runoff, becoming the first African-American candidate to win a major-party nomination for governor of Mississippi. Hattiesburg, Miss. Mayor Johnny DuPree, Mississippi’s Democratic Party candidate for governor will be the guest speaker on Friday (Aug. 26) when the DeSoto County Democratic Party hosts its “Celebrate Democracy” dinner and fundraiser at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch.

 Johnny DuPree
 Johnny DuPree

On Tuesday night, DuPree emerged the winner in a Democratic primary runoff against lawyer/businessman Bill Luckett, becoming the first African-American candidate to win a major-party nomination for governor of Mississippi.

“We’re in the race to try to make a difference for the citizens of Mississippi,” DuPree, 57, told the Associated Press Tuesday night.

“Our first priority is not the (campaign) finances,” said DuPree, who now goes up against the well-funded Republican nominee, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant on Nov. 8.

The “Celebrate Democracy” event starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m. prior to the 7:30 p.m. program and dinner. Local and statewide Democratic candidates will speak.

The Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center is located at 11200 East Goodman Rd. Ticket prices are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.

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