4 Mississippi gov candidates: Limit eminent domain

BILOXI — Four candidates for Mississippi governor say they support an initiative on this November’s ballot to block state and local governments from taking private land for private economic development projects.

Republicans Phil Bryant and Dave Dennis and Democrats Johnny DuPree and Bill Luckett spoke about limiting eminent domain Friday during a forum at the Mississippi Press Association convention in Biloxi.

Each said property owners should be fairly compensated if a developer wants to buy land for a private project.

Bryant says he supports creation of charter schools to bring new ideas to public education. Dennis and Luckett say competition could help schools. DuPree says Mississippi needs to concentrate on improving the existing public schools, and he believes charter schools would not work in Mississippi.

Party primaries are Aug. 2.

Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

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