A challenger in the race for Mississippi secretary of state says he's unhappy with the way incumbent Delbert Hosemann is handling leases of public lands.
Gulfport City Council member Ricky Dombrowski faces Hosemann in the Aug. 2 Republican primary.
Dombrowski says he's running because he disagrees with
Hosemann's assertion that the state owns coastal harbors. The
councilman claims that cities own the harbors.
Hosemann cites a 1989 state law to back up his position, while
Dombrowski cites a law from 1935.
Dombrowski told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that
Hosemann has exerted too much control over 16th Section lands,
which are publicly owned and generate revenue for schools in much of the state.
Hosemann, elected in 2007, says his office renegotiated leases
to bring in more money for education.