Hood Wins Third Term As Attorney GeneralBy Rhonda Miller | Published 09 Nov 2011 02:25am |
Attorney General Jim Hood won re-election Tuesday with a solid margin over challenger Steve Simpson. MPB’s Rhonda Miller has more on Hood’s plans for his third term.
Hood says there’s no reason to change course when things are working well, so he plans to continue with his overall mission.
"Protecting the widows, the orphans and the elderly. This job gives me an opportunity to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves," said Hood.
When comes to specifics, Hood says one of his most important projects is protecting children from online predators and cyberbullying, especially on Facebook.
"I wrote them and told them I want to sit down and have a meeting with them to discuss giving parents more controls over what's going on with their children’s Facebook,'" said Hood.
Hood’s work helping citizens fight BP for oil spill claims and his work in consumer protection in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are among his efforts that made it a tough race for Republican Steve Simpson of Gulfport.
Simpson’s experience as Mississippi's public safety commissioner and as a circuit court judge weren’t enough to give him the name recognition to carry the state. Simpson says, despite the loss, he will continue in public service.
"My whole adult life has been about serving my community and my state," said Simpson. "I’m going to do whatever is necessary of me and wherever I can help my community and my state to move forward and improve the quality of life for Mississippians, I’m going to continue to do that."
The Attorney’s General’s race gave Hood the distinction of being the only Democrat to hold a statewide office.
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