A few candidates are operating for the Republican nomination for point out commissioner of agriculture. No Democrats submitted for the office environment.
Here’s who will be on the key ballot on June 14:
Weathers has served as agriculture commissioner considering the fact that 2004. In his marketing campaign announcement, Weathers reported he would be seeking “one more term” as commissioner.
He’s is a fourth-technology farmer who still lives in his native Bowman, in accordance to his site.
Throughout his tenure, the Division of Agriculture established the Certified SC Developed method, aimed to aid customers buy locally developed develop and help in-point out agriculture.
The division has also introduced the Agribusiness Heart for Exploration and Entrepreneurship, which has been explained as an business-driven agriculture initiative that seeks to present economic prosperity for S.C. agribusiness by way of focused investigate and aggressive entrepreneurial incentives.
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Weathers calls himself “the only farmer on the ballot” and states he’s centered on “growing and developing community farms, giving marketplace-primarily based alternatives on carbon sequestration, and operating to battle the tough effects that COVID-19 has experienced on the farming local community,” in accordance to his marketing campaign announcement.
“I have had the honor and privilege of serving our hardworking farmers and South Carolina’s citizens for approximately two many years,” Weathers explained in a marketing campaign launch. “I’m very proud of the progress we have produced, but there is nevertheless significantly operate to be finished.”
Monthly bill Bledsoe
Bledsoe is a resident of Chesnee in Spartanburg County. He is also managing for the agriculture commissioner office, unopposed, on the Structure Bash ticket, in accordance to election filings.
Bledsoe currently serves as the secretary and treasurer of the Spartanburg Soil and H2o Conservation District.
He has practiced as a veterinarian for 40 many years and printed a e-book, “Is It Time To Take Our Governing administration Again?” on the internet on Jan. 1.
Bledsoe ran for the U.S. Senate in 2020 on the Constitution Bash ticket from Sen. Lindsey Graham and Jamie Harrison.
He dropped out of the race and endorsed Graham two days in advance of the election, but it was too late for his identify to be removed from the ballot. He gained 1.3% of the vote, according to NBC.
Bledsoe hopes to re-assess govt shelling out on systems and tackle supply chain troubles if elected.
“I know the enemy in the war that we are in. I am eager to lay down my existence to safeguard the people in South Carolina,” Bledsoe reported in an interview with The Daniel Island News. “I am the only a person with the awareness and willpower to preserve our family members.”
Bob Rozier Jr.
Rozier lives in Rock Hill and grew up on a little household farm, according to his web page. He also states he has labored together with farmers in an over three-10 years vocation in agriculture.
According to a marketing campaign movie, Rozier states he’s operating for farmers that really feel like they have missing their voice with the commissioner.
Rozier said in the online video that he will guidance farmers from vitality and transportation prices, bureaucratic crimson tape and deficiency of entry to port facilities.
He also denounces the conversion of farmland for photo voltaic panel utilization, indicating it sales opportunities to increased food and vitality costs and represents “establishment values.”
According to his site, Rozier is a fiscal conservative and wants to make certain merchandise certified as getting been grown in the state really have been.
“Now additional than at any time, we need men and women who stand by their term,” Rozier claimed in a marketing campaign video. “It’s time to get your voice back again. It is really time to get South Carolina values back.”
Caleb Bozard is a information intern at The Situations and Democrat by way of the sponsorship of the South Carolina Press Association Foundation. He is a scholar at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.