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Steve Troxler wins NC’s Commissioner of Agriculture

Incumbent Steve Troxler won the seat as NC Commissioner of Agriculture. Troxler has held office since 2005.
Credit: WFMY News 2

RALEIGH, N.C. — Incumbent Republican Steve Troxler won the seat as North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Tuesday.

Troxler won against democratic challenger Jenna Wadsworth.

Born and raised in Browns Summit in Guilford County, he spent his entire career in agriculture.

Troxler Farms has produced tobacco, wheat, vegetables and soybeans.

He also serves on the boards of the N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation, the Rural Economic Development Center and the N.C. Biotechnology Center and graduated from NC State University in 1974.

The Commissioner of Agriculture is a member of the Council of State, which is headed by the governor. The primary goal of the commissioner is to protect, maintain and enhance North Carolina’s ability to produce an adequate supply of food and fiber in North Carolina. Many regulatory programs promoting health and safety also come from North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture.

One of the high-profile responsibilities for the commissioner’s office is to oversee the North Carolina State Fair, which was canceled this year due to the coronavirus.

In North Carolina, agriculture is a $90 billion industry, roughly a sixth of the state’s net income.

Troxler has held the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture office since 2005.

About Steve Troxler (R)

Born and raised in Browns Summit in Guilford County, Steve Troxler spent his entire career in agriculture. Troxler Farms has produced tobacco, wheat, vegetables and soybeans. Troxler also serves on the boards of the N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation, the Rural Economic Development Center and the N.C. Biotechnology Center. Troxler graduated from NC State University in 1974.

About Jenna Wadsworth (D)

Jenna Wadsworth grew up on her grandparents' farm in Johnston County, where they raised corn, soybeans, tobacco, cattle, cotton and hogs, according to her campaign website. She is in a four-year term on the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. In 2010, she became the youngest woman to be elected to public office in North Carolina at age 21. She graduated from NC State University in 2011. If elected, Jenna will become the first out LGBTQ Constitutional Officer in state history.

For live updated results of the 2020 election, visit WFMY News 2's results page.

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