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Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain gets third term

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, October 24 2015 Oct 24, 2015 October 24, 2015 10:05 PM October 24, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is getting a third term in office.

Strain, a Republican veterinarian from Covington, easily defeated three opponents Saturday who had raised little to no money to challenge his re-election bid.

A former state lawmaker, Strain touted his management of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, paying down debt and coping with hefty budget cuts that have forced staff and spending reductions.

His challengers were Charlie Greer, a Democrat and retired agriculture department employee; Adrian "Ace" Juttner, a Green Party candidate from Abita Springs; and Jamie LaBranche, a Republican horticulturist from LaPlace who ran unsuccessfully against Strain four years ago as a Democrat.

Strain has been agriculture commissioner since 2008.

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