Candidates for lt. governor debate in Biloxi

One of the most striking differences among

the three candidates for lieutenant governor during a debate

Saturday was in how they said they'd appoint chairmen to lead

Mississippi Senate committees.

Democrat Jamie Franks said he would choose a diverse group of

chairmen - black and white, Democratic and Republican - who "look

like Mississippi."

Republican Phil Bryant said he would consult interest groups,

such as teachers, to get their ideas about which senators they'd

like to see in leadership roles. He said he might not agree with

the groups' ideas, but he wants to hear them.

And, Republican Charlie Ross said he would appoint chairmen who

share his conservative philosophy.

"The great thing about America is that elections matter," Ross


The three debated at the Mississippi Press Association

convention at the Beau Rivage resort.