Gov. sets Sept. 24 Hattiesburg mayoral election

Phil Bryant (AP)

Phil Bryant (AP)

The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a Sept. 24 special election for a do-over in the Hattiesburg mayoral race.

Bryant’s order on Tuesday comes days after Judge William Coleman ordered a new election because of questions about the way the June 4 regular election was conducted.

Former city council member Dave Ware brought a court challenge after narrowly losing to incumbent Johnny DuPree.

Ware ran as an independent. DuPree is a Democrat and has been mayor since 2001.

Bryant says all candidates who ran June 4 will be on the ballot Sept. 24, unless they withdraw from the race.

Shawn O’Hara, Nathan Jordan and Clyde Stewart also were on the June mayoral ballot as independents.