Tampa, FL (AP) - Republican Congressman Adam Putnam won the
race for Florida agriculture commissioner.
With 35 percent of the vote counted, Putnam led former
Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox 58 percent to 36 percent.
Putnam will head the powerful agriculture and consumer services
department. The job involves overseeing food safety, helping
farmers produce and promote their crops, managing public lands,
reducing wildfires and regulating consumer services.
Putnam is leaving after five terms in Congress. This was his
first run for statewide office.
Maddox was the state Democratic Party chairman in the mid-2000s
and briefly ran for governor in 2005 before dropping out.
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