Candidates for Miss. Governor Take Part in Debate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Seven candidates for Mississippi governor participated in a debate that was televised in most parts of the state, including Meridian on WTOK.

Democrats Johnny DuPree and Bill Luckett, and Republicans James Broadwater, Phil Bryant, Dave Dennis, Hudson Holliday and Ron Williams answered questions posed by a media panel.

Two other Democrats, William Bond Compton and Guy Dale Shaw, were not invited. Compton, of Meridian, says it's unfair that he was excluded.

Organizers say there was only room for seven candidates on stage.

Bryant, who has raised the most money, received verbal jabs from some of his opponents.

Dennis criticized Bryant's attempt to lure the Miss America pageant to Mississippi, a move Dennis said would be a financial benefit to one of Bryant's top campaign contributors.

Luckett called Bryant a "career politician" and said the lieutenant governor has not helped pull Mississippi off the bottom of national health and education rankings.

Bryant says he has helped balance the state budget and create

Party primaries are Aug. 2 and runoffs, if needed, are Aug. 23. The general election is Nov. 8.

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  • by Paul Location: Petal on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    Great coverage! I have never seen a better showcase of Ms. candidates! I just wish the debate was available for viewing or d'load from your site. Still, well done!
  • by Don Location: Lauderdale on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    It is hard to believe that only one candidate(holiday) was willing to consider a lottery. He did say he wanted to make sure the money stayed in Mississippi and would benefit education.
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      by a former teacher on Jul 22, 2011 at 02:22 PM in reply to Don
      You cannot be serious! Everything that has ever said it was going to bring in revenue for education has been a bust... remember the casino initiative in '92 or '93? MS education never benefited from any casino funds. He wil NOT get my vote for that comment for alone! A political ploy... a sucker is born every moment!
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