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Candidate Surveys: Agriculture Commissioner

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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Daily Reflector asked candidates in the March 15 primary to respond to surveys outlining their qualifications. Following are responses from the two Republicans running for Commissioner of Agriculture. There is no Democratic primary for the office.

ANDY STEVENS

List a few highlights from your personal and professional life that you think best show you are qualified for the office you seek.

Product of the Chicago Public Schools; graduated United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1978; US Army veteran, achieved rank of major; 20 year career in the LP Gas industry working for multi-state major marketers; Local conservative advocate in Guilford County and regular participant at meetings of the County Board of Commissioners, School Board and City of Greensboro Council; Director of Local Government Affairs for Grass Roots North Carolina’s “No Compromise” Gun Rights organization.

Tell us briefly what you hope will be a signature achievement from your time in office if you are elected.

Top to bottom review of staffing levels, budgeted expenses, and regulatory overreach of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services with the goal of improving service and reducing the (John Locke Foundation’s) estimated regulatory compliance costs to state residents in excess of $700 million per year. Permitting of lawful concealed carry at State Fair in accordance with state statute vesting such authority in the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Tell us briefly what most distinguishes you from your opponents.

I am a limited government, constitutional conservative. I am not a career politician. This is my first run for elected office. I believe in voluntary term limits of no more than two consecutive terms for ANY elected office. I am firmly opposed to the misnamed “NC Connects” bond.

Online

Website: electandystevens.com

Facebook: Andy4NC

STEVE TROXLER, Incumbent

Please list a few highlights from your personal and professional life that you think best show you are qualified for the office you seek.

Three terms as North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture; past president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture; former chairman of the NASDA Food Regulation and Nutrition Committee; past president of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture; board member of the N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation, the Rural Economic Development Center and the N.C. Biotechnology Center. Winner of many state and national recognitions, awards.

Tell us briefly what you hope will be a signature achievement from your time in office if you are elected.

On my very first day as your Commissioner of Agriculture, I promised to work as hard as I can every day with the employees of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to make the Department the best in the nation. We are doing just that.

Tell us briefly what most distinguishes you from your opponent(s).

I have spent my entire career in agriculture and agribusiness, helping to make it our state’s number one industry. I own and operate Troxler Farms, a family farm in rural Guilford County. North Carolina Law requires that the Commissioner of Agriculture be a farmer. I understand the agricultural industry inside and out, and have the vision and leadership ability to continue to move us forward. I would be honored to serve the citizens of North Carolina for another four years as your Commissioner of Agriculture.

Online

Website: stevetroxler.com

Facebook: Steve Troxler

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