Notes from Agriculture and Commerce Commisioner Candidate Forum

Mississippi Agriculture & Commerce Commissioner candidates Joel Gill, Democratic nominee, and Cindy Hyde-Smith, Republican nominee, spoke at the September 12, 2011 edition of the Stennis-Capitol Press Luncheon Candidates Forum.  Below are links to press coverage of the event.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The two major-party candidates for Mississippi agriculture commissioner said Monday that they support country-of-origin labeling for products such as catfish and beef.Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven and Democrat Joel Gill of Pickens also both said they support an eminent domain initiative that will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot because they believe it would protect private property ownership.
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NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI DAILY JOURNAL: State Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven, the Republican nominee, and Pickens Mayor Joel Gill, the Democratic candidate, appeared together during a lunch meeting of the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute/Capitol press corps where they talked in detail about the state’s farming industry.  The candidates were cordial to each other and at no time did the joint appearance become contentious.
Read more: – Ag candidates have cordial debate

MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS JOURNAL:  Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Joel Gill give their civil but candid pitches for the post of Mississippi agriculture commissioner. (video)

WLBT-TV:  It’s the state’s largest industry and two candidates want to be the leader who capitalizes on what the Magnolia State has to offer when it comes to agriculture.  (includes video)

MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC BROADCASTING:  The two candidates spoke Monday at a luncheon sponsored by Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government agreed on a number of issues, such as supporting eminent domain and country-of-origin labeling for products such as catfish and beef but they also differed on issues such as the role of biofuels. 

CLARION-LEDGER (Elizabeth Crisp blog): Both major party candidates for agriculture commissioner say they support a ballot initiative that would restrict the use of eminent domain for private economic development projects in Mississippi.


BRIAN PERRY:  Pickens Mayor Joel Gill (D) and Brookhaven Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) plowed off in a candidate forum Monday hosted by the Stennis-Capitol Press Luncheon at the University Club in Jackson. The two compete on the November ballot for Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. (Neshoba Democrat column) 



October 3 – Attorney General candidates Jim Hood and Steve Simpson


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