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Attorney general candidates speak at Neshoba Co. Fair

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NESHOBA COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two candidates for attorney general took the Neshoba Co. Fair stage Wednesday afternoon showcasing why their politics and experience should convince voters they are the best candidate for the job.

Current Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, is being challenged for re-election by the former Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety Steve Simpson, a Republican.

Simpson told the crowd, Hood's politics are too far out of line with Mississippians and it's time to put a Republican in office.

Hood stands by what his office has done to protect Mississippians from cyber crime and getting justice from the BP oil spill.

"Mississippi has not had a conservative republican attorney general since before reconstruction and I think it's time for that to change," Simpson said.

"The attorney general's office in the State of Mississippi, little old Mississippi, 2.9 million people when I go to a national attorney general's meeting the other a.g.'s from states like Ohio come to talk to us, they come to visit our office because we have been in the lead in areas like cyber crime," Hood said.

Hood and Simpson will face each other in November during the general election.

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