A Republican candidate for Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia has landed the endorsement of former Democrat Governor Roy Barnes.
Tyler Harper’s campaign team made the announcement Thursday. The State Senator seeking the statewide post will face Democrat Nakita Hemingway and Libertarian David Raudabaugh in the general election next month.
From the campaign press release:
This marks a significant endorsement for Tyler’s campaign and shows that leaders across party lines are uniting around him because he has the background, experience, and proven record of delivering results for Georgia farmers and families.
As a seventh-generation farmer, small business owner, and State Senator, Tyler has consistently shown he can work across the aisle to deliver results for Georgia. As Agriculture Commissioner, Tyler will continue to put Georgia farmers, producers and consumers first and empower our state’s #1 industry.
Roy Barnes said also commented on Harper and his candidacy:
“I am proud to support my friend Tyler Harper for Agriculture Commissioner. As a 7th-generation farmer, small business owner, and State Senator, Tyler has a proven track record of delivering results for Georgia families and communities. As Agriculture Commissioner, Tyler will use his background and experience to fight for our farmers, producers, and consumers across Georgia and advance our state’s #1 industry. I have always appreciated Tyler’s ability to put politics aside and put the people of Georgia first, and I am confident he will continue to work in a bipartisan way to get things done for every Georgian. I encourage everyone to join me in voting for Tyler Harper for Agriculture Commissioner this fall.”
Harper said he’s honored to have Barnes’ endorsement.
“In my time in the General Assembly I have been proud of my record working across the aisle to deliver results for Georgia families, farmers, and producers. Even though Governor Barnes and I may not see eye to eye on every policy position, I look forward to our continued work together to ensure the Georgia agriculture industry is successful. As a State Senator, I was proud of our work to pass the largest tax cut in Georgia history, suspend the gas tax, pass Georgia’s Right to Farm bill, and strengthen public safety. As your next Agriculture Commissioner, I will continue to put people over politics and work every day to lower costs for our consumers, empower our farmers and producers, and help advance our state’s number one industry.”
Current Commissioner Gary Black is not seeking another term. He unsuccessfully ran for United States Senate earlier this year.