- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Candidates for several statewide offices spoke Thursday at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson during Hobnob, a casual event sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council. Here are some highlights:

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ATTORNEY GENERAL

Democratic incumbent Jim Hood, who’s seeking a fourth term: “One … arena that I want to mention that I think we’ve had an impact, is to be able to recoup taxpayers’ money that has been stolen by corporate corruption. We’ve been successful in recovering $3 billion for the state of Mississippi in the past 12 years. There are not many other state agencies that bring in that kind of income to the state.”

Republican challenger Mike Hurst: “I have a positive vision for Mississippi - a vision where we elected an attorney general who will be present for Mississippi, not absent; who will stand up for Mississippi, not sit down; and who will fight for Mississippi, not cower to special interests, political parties and to a president.”

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SECRETARY OF STATE

Republican Delbert Hosemann, who’s seeking a third term: “We got a constitutional voter ID (law). We’ve issued 3,000 of those IDs around Mississippi. And now, in this election in November, no dead people are going to vote.”

Democratic challenger Charles Graham: “Envy, greed, gluttony, sloth, lust, anger and pride, which we all know goes before a fall. These are your seven deadly sins, and these are the sins that plague our state leaders. I am your friend if you’re an incumbent, because I’m trying to keep you out of hell.”

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AUDITOR

Republican incumbent Stacey Pickering, who’s seeking a third term: “The top two awards for accountability, the top two awards that any auditor’s office can receive, Mississippi has received during my term in office. And that’s a reputation we should all be proud of.”

Democratic challenger Joce Pritchett: “I’m running for auditor because I’m tired of seeing Mississippi come in last in almost every metric that matters…. I am ashamed that corruption is what Mississippi is becoming known for around the country.”

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AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER

Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, who’s seeking a second term: “Thirty-eight percent increase in certified farmers’ markets since I’ve been your commissioner. We’ve increased markets and revenues through farm-to-school programs. We have more farmers growing directly for our schoolchildren than we ever have.”

Democratic challenger Addie Green: “We ought to go back into our schools and teach our children some agriculture. Teach them how to do the math. Teach them how to work. Teach them how to appreciate fresh vegetables, to open up farmers’ markets in our small towns.”

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