Hood says 'working people' hurt by GOP control

Attorney General Jim Hood (Source: WTOK-TV)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood says if he's elected governor, he wants the state to expand Medicaid, put more money into early childhood education and reduce taxes on groceries.

Hood says "working people have been kicked to the curb" with Republicans controlling the legislature and the governor's office.

Hood will face at least one opponent, retired Jackson State University employee Velesha P. Williams, in the Democratic primary for governor.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and state Rep. Robert Foster are in the Republican primary for governor.

Candidates have a Mar. 1 qualifying deadline for statewide, regional, legislative and county races. Primaries are in August and the general election is in November.

Hood spoke Monday at a forum sponsored by Mississippi State University's Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps.