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Democrat challenges Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler again

Democrat Walter Smith is making a second bid for state agriculture commissioner.

Smith, a Yadkinville poultry farmer and former mayor of Boonville, filed Wednesday to run against incumbent Republican Steve Troxler. Smith lost to Troxler in 2012 with 47 percent of the vote.

In his last campaign, one of Smith’s main criticisms of Troxler is that he didn’t place a greater emphasis on marketing, which is among the department’s official tasks.

Smith also criticized Troxler’s response when his agency’s top poultry expert was accused of tipping off a Butterball turkey farm that it was being investigated.

Troxler will seek a fourth term. “This is an exciting time in agriculture and agribusiness in North Carolina,” Troxler said in a news release announcing his reelection campaign.

“Agriculture and agribusiness comprise the state’s number one industry at $76 billion in economic impact every year. In the next four years, I look forward to helping lead agriculture and agribusiness toward the $100 billion mark in economic impact.”

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