Moore Farewell, A.G. Race Wide Open

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"This is just a thank you speech for me. I'm not here to ask for anything. I'm here to say thank you to all the people of Mississippi," said Attorney General Mike Moore.

That was the message from Moore to an audience at the 2003 Neshoba County Fair.

"I want to say thank you to all the men and women who work for the attorney general's office," Moore said. "We have the finest lawyers, secretaries, administrators and others who dedicate their lives to the people of Mississippi."

Serving for sixteen years, Moore said he most proud of his work on public corruption. His goodbye leaves the attorney general seat wide open.

Democratic candidate Jim Hood was in Meridian Friday.

"I'm running on experience and for better law enforcement and care for our elderly people," Hood told NewsCenter 11.

Hood's Republican opponent, Scott Newton of Ridgeland, wants to focus on drug trafficking, public corruption and vulnerable victims.

Newton and Hood will face off in the November elections. The winner will have to fill the shoes of a man many wanted to run for governor.

"I thought long and hard about it," Moore said. "But it really came down to a family decision. I have a 16 year old and I don't want to miss another baseball game."