Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain gets third term
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.