By AP/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – First-term Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann of Jackson easily won the Republican nomination for re-election Tuesday, defeating Gulfport City Council member Ricky Dombrowski.
Just as he did four years ago, Hosemann used lighthearted television commercials in which a nice older woman called him Philbert, Gilbert and Engelbert – almost anything but Delbert, until their final scene together.
No Democrat is running for secretary of state. One faction of the Reform Party wants to put a candidate for secretary of state on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
“It’s very humbling that we got this kind of response. We took a lot of positions on voter ID, on redistricting … It also is encouragement to go forward. The people of Mississippi said stay the course with less government red tape, on handling public lands in a safe manner, on making our elections safe for everyone,” Hosemann, 64, said in a phone interview from his election-night party at a downtown Jackson restaurant.
State Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven won the Republican nomination for agriculture commissioner Tuesday, defeating two opponents in the party primary.
Hyde-Smith, 52, is chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and was making her first statewide race.
She defeated retired agriculture educator Max Phillips of Taylorsville and state Rep. Dannie Reed of Ackerman.
She will face Democrat Joel Gill of Pickens in the Nov. 8 general election. One faction of the Reform Party wants to put a candidate for agriculture commissioner on general election ballot.
Lynn Fitch, executive director of the state Personnel Board, and Rankin County state Sen. Lee Yancey, a Ripley native, are headed for an. Aug. 23 runoff for state treasurer. The winner will face Democrat Connie Moran, the mayor of Ocean Springs, in the November general election.
Fitch led the field with 37 percent of the vote, with Yancey at 29 percent. Lucien Smith, former budget adviser to Gov. Haley Barbour, had 29 percent.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER
Boyce Adams, a Columbus businessman, won the Republican nomination for Northern District public service commissioner, easily defeating Marvin Cox with 66 percent of the vote.
Adams will face incumbent Brandon Presley, a Democrat from Nettleton, in the general election.