The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 25, 2013

Alabama ag commissioner launches re-election bid


Associated Press

— ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Republican agriculture commissioner, John McMillan, has launched his campaign for a second term.

McMillan announced his plans Tuesday at a meeting of the Alabama Agribusiness Council in Orange Beach.

McMillan said he faced a difficult financial situation when he was elected in 2010, but the Department of Agriculture and Industries is now financially stable.

McMillan said he developed a plan for the timely inspection of fuel pumps and scales. He's organized a group to coordinate a plan to help control feral hogs, and he's updated equipment in the department's labs.

McMillan represented Baldwin County in the Alabama House from 1974 to 1980, when he became conservation commissioner in Gov. Fob James' administration. Then he spent 20 years as executive director of the Alabama Forestry Association before returning to politics.