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Ocilla State Senator Says He’ll Run for Agriculture Commissioner

Following the announcement by the state agriculture commissioner that he’ll be running for higher office, a state senator from south Georgia has thrown his name in the ring for the post.

State Senator Tyler Harper said Tuesday that he will run for Agriculture Commissioner in 2022. Current Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black announced last month that he is running for United State Senate in hopes of unseating Senator Raphael Warnock.

Harper is in his fifth term in the state legislature, having been elected in 2012 in a district that currently encompasses ten counties in whole or part. He is currently chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and the Environment Committee and vice chairman of the Public Safety Committee. He is also a seventh generation farmer.

The commissioner heads the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for regulating and promoting Georgia’s agriculture industry. Like many Georgia state executive officers, the commissioner is elected to four year-terms during federal midterm election years. State law also requires that the commissioner be a “practical farmer.”

Democrat Nakita Hemingway, who ran for state House in Gwinnett County in 2020, is also running for the position.

Jessica Szilagyi
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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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