West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass congratulated commissioner-elect Walt Helmick and Republican candidate Kent Leonhardt.
“Both candidates ran good campaigns, and the voters have spoken – in this race, and in all the others throughout our great nation,” said Commissioner Douglass. “My administration is committed to a smooth transition, and we will help commissioner-elect Helmick in any way possible. The Department has a dedicated group of professionals that remain committed to serving and assisting the public.
The 11-term commissioner – who first went to work for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture as an assistant commissioner in 1957 – also expressed his gratitude to the voters of West Virginia.
“I am so appreciative of the people of West Virginia, who had the faith in me to elect me 11 times,” said Commissioner Douglass. “I have always tried to be a voice for our small farmers, and to make known the issues facing rural West Virginia. It has been a great run. In both my personal and professional life, I have been very blessed.”
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs, as mandated by state law. The Commissioner of Agriculture is one of six statewide elected officials in West Virginia. For more information, visit www.wvagriculture.org.
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