Luckett slams Bryant, DuPree runs on own record

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One of the Democrats running for Mississippi governor is sharpening his criticism of the Republican nominee. The other says he’s running on his own record and not talking about other candidates.

Bill Luckett says Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant has hurt state employees by making them pay more toward their own retirement. The Clarksdale attorney and businessman also says Bryant has fallen short on education funding.

Johnny DuPree says he’s running on his own record that includes work as a businessman, school board member, county supervisor and mayor of Hattiesburg.

DuPree and Luckett compete in an Aug. 23 runoff for the Democratic nomination for governor. They were the top two in a four-person primary last week.

Bryant won a five-person race for the Republican nomination.