Atlanta, GA (AP) - Republican Gary Black has been elected Georgia's
next agriculture commissioner.
Unofficial returns show that Black won 64 percent of the vote
Tuesday against Democratic candidate J.B. Powell with 44 percent of
precincts reporting. His victory ends longtime Democratic control
over an office that regulates and promotes Georgia's large
Black will succeed Democratic incumbent Tommy Irvin, who's held
the state's top agriculture post since he was appointed to the
office in 1969. Irvin won every election since until he decided to
step down because of age and ill health. He's one of the
longest-serving statewide officials in the country.
Black served for 21 years as president of the Georgia
Agribusiness Council, an industry lobbying group. The 52-year-old
lives at Harmony Grove Farms in Commerce, where he raises cattle.
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