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Vicksburg's mayoral campaign controversies analyzed

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Fondren had previously denied her involvement with the legal Nevada brothels but decided it was time to tell the truth. Fondren had previously denied her involvement with the legal Nevada brothels but decided it was time to tell the truth.
The candidates focused on the issues at the forum, with questions on the economy and local businesses. The candidates focused on the issues at the forum, with questions on the economy and local businesses.
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There are a total of seven candidates for Vicksburg mayor. Six democrats and one independent. They all gathered at the Outlets at Vicksburg for a candidate forum Tuesday night.

While the mayoral race is two weeks away, it's already surrounded by scandal.

"The issue here is will the electorate judge these candidates based on the issues or will they result to judging them based on the court of public opinion," questioned Jackson State political science professor, Dr. D'Andra Orey.

Current Mayor Paul Winfield was indicted on federal bribery charges. He asked a judge to delay the trial just this week and is carrying on with his campaign.

"I look forward to talking to you about substantive matters or metrics as you can find them about where Vicksburg was and where Vicksburg is going," said Winfield during Tuesday's forum.

Nearly two weeks ago Linda Fondren revealed part of her past in an exclusive interview with MSNewsNow.

"I was a working girl in a legal brothel over 30 years ago. It's true, my husband was my client," admitted Fondren.

Dr. D'Andra Orey says it wasn't necessarily a bad move for Fondren's campaign.

"Confession is said to be good for the soul, but now we'll see whether or not confession is good for politics," explained Orey.

Fondren had previously denied her involvement with the legal Nevada brothels but decided it was time to tell the truth.

"Am I proud of what I did? No. Do I have regrets? No. I am who I am. This is my story," Fondren said.

The moderator of Tuesday's candidate forum, Dr. Marty Wiseman, says early admission could be key.

"If you're going to have an explosion of any sort, you want to get it out of the way early, deal with it, don't try to deny it, embrace it and say that's who I am. That's a mistake I made but it's not a habit of mine to make mistakes like that," said Wiseman who is the director of Mississippi State's Stennis Institute.

The candidates focused on the issues at the forum, with questions on the economy and local businesses.

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