Republican Mike Chaney of Vicksburg defeated Democrat Gary Anderson in the insurance commissioner’s race. Anderson’s campaign lost momentum after his Democratic primary win over longtime Insurance Commissioner George Dale.
Chaney said rebuilding the Gulf Coast is “paramount.” Thousands of people are still struggling to rebuild homes and businesses more than two years after Hurricane Katrina. Many are struggling to find affordable insurance.
“I’m going to stick strictly to the platform of available, affordable and accountable insurance,” Chaney said by phone from his victory party in Vicksburg. “By accountable, I mean if you have a valid claim, it will be paid.”
Attorney General Jim Hood was the only Democrat to win a statewide race in Mississippi, brushing aside his Republican challenger, Al Hopkins, who launched a series of attack ads against the incumbent.
Republicans were elected to seven statewide offices on Tuesday, from governor to auditor.
Hood said he would continue to be a bipartisan player as he prosecuted sexual predators, protected the elderly and worked to make Mississippi schools safer. Since Hurricane Katrina, Hood also has fought insurance companies to help homeowners recoup losses from the massive storm.
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