Former assistant adjutant general and Gulfport attorney Al Hopkins is challenging Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood for the job of chief legal officer of the state.
Hopkins, a Republican, took the podium first and spent quite a bit of time questioning whether or not Hood, a Democrat, was really concerned about his home state.
"It's time for an attorney general who will work for you and put Mississippi's interests first and ensure accountability," Hopkins said. "There'll be sunshine with Al Hopkins in this office."
"Our office has returned over $186 million to the taxpayers and consumers of Mississippi. And I am proud of that record," Hood said.
Hood and Hopkins will not square off until the general election Nov. 6.