Local Man Hopes to Make Waves in Hattiesburg Political Establishment

Hoping to breathe new life into the city, Cedric Dallas is running for City Council Representative in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Putting all of his cards on the table, he is hoping to be the next representative for the citizens in Ward 2.

This is an updated ward map of Hattiesburg, Miss. Hattiesburg is separated into five wards. Cedric is hoping to represent Ward 2 (green), which is most of East Hattiesburg. (image taken from http://www.hattiesburgms.com)

“I think we’re going to have to get back to the grass-roots of being Americans and citizens,” Dallas says.

He will be running against incumbent Councilwoman Deborah Delgado as well as two others in the primary.  Cedric hopes to bring gainful employment to East Hattiesburg, and in turn, hopes that the jobs reduce crime rates.

Ward 2 consists of mostly African American neighborhoods and underprivileged housing.  Most of the bigger companies that existed there, such as Hercules, are gone and that part of the city is in some disrepair.  An article about how Hercules was and is one of Hattiesburg’s most prolific employers can be found here.  Cedric is hoping to bring some change to that part of the city.

These two smokestacks are part of the few remnants of the Hercules plant still standing after the plant was leveled in 2015 due to EPA hazards. (photo by Cornelius Thompson)

Cedric was born and raised in Hattiesburg, but moved away when he went to college.  he graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.  Afterward, he started working for a few Fortune 200 companies.  He stayed connected with his Mississippi roots, making three to four trips a year between Manhattan and Hattiesburg.

Cedric Dallas did meet-and-greets during the Black History Month Celebration in downtown Hattiesburg on Feb. 25, 2017. (Cornelius Thompson)

Discussing crime, Cedric recalls, “The crimes that are reported or that you hear about now – when I was coming up as a little kid in Hattiesburg, you didn’t hear about those crimes.  If you did hear about them, you heard about them in some other city or some other state.  Now, when they’re in your own backyard, you, as a citizen, have a choice to make.  My choice was to run for office.”

The full interview can be seen here.


4 thoughts on “Local Man Hopes to Make Waves in Hattiesburg Political Establishment

  1. It sounds great! You are so right on all that information. I have been at my job in Hattiesburg for 11 years! I have seen so much in my time there. I would love to see you step up to the plate and take ownership of our beautiful city again! So much has changed. The people running this city has changed for the bad! We need a clean slate and start over in so many areas! Putting God first in all we do will make a difference! Love ya! Keep up the great work!


    1. Putting God first was the most important part of your statement to me. Please stand with me and support my campaign. We will be at HubFest registering folks to vote…hope you can come out!


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