After an introduction by Lhay Thriffiley and Arthur Smith Dave Ware took the podium to announce his plans to unseat Current Mayor Johnny Dupree. Ware, an independent, is an active member in Sacred Heart church, and has been a city councilman since 2006. He was also President of Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, and a community leader long before that. Councilman Ware is a graduate from USM and completed higher education at Xaviar Univeristy. He is a successful business man, owning a nurse anesthetists service company, which supplies services to a number of hospitals. Councilman Ware and his wife Amy Jo were both described by their neighbors and friends as generous citizens, who actively give their time to the elderly in their neighborhood. Amy Jo often prepares and delivers meals while Mr. Ware volunteers his time repairing homes.
Councilman Ware's neighborhood, the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood, has flourished over the past years with strong leaders like Mr. Ware (former president), Tate Thriffiley (former president), and current president Andrea Saffle. Working together alongside their community, they have turned a once blighted neighborhood into one of the top 10 in the United States, according to the American Planning Association.
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