Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is currently running a bid to replace term-limited Florida Governor Rick Scott. In that race, he faces Congressman Ron DeSantis who is currently considered the forerunner.
But, should Putnam be elected Governor, that leaves the Agriculture Commissioner position vacant. So, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter who has served as Mayor of Homestead since 2013, has just resigned due to the sunshine state’s newly amended “Resign-to-Run” law, and he is setting his sights on becoming Florida’s next Agriculture Commissioner. He will face David Walker in the August 28 Democratic Primaries.
In a statement, Walker explained that “The agriculture industry has just been decimated. Over the last 20 or 30 years, farmers have gone out of business and I just don’t understand. This area of the country, inside our borders, is the only place where we can grow produce in the winter to feed the nation, yet we’ve become totally reliant on food that comes from foreign countries. It’s almost like a national security issue.”
In May, referring to the damage that Hurricane Irma left, Walker proposed that the state create a separate emergency relief fund specifically for farmers and ranchers that will be independent of one opened for businesses that are affected by natural disasters.
Since announcing his run, Porter’s “True Homestead” Facebook page was littered with comments from people voicing that they will not be voting for him in the Agriculture race.