Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced that he will run for a second term in 2010.
“I am running for re-election as Commissioner of Agriculture to continue the pursuit of common – sense solutions that promote and protect Texas’ agriculture industry and ensure state government works for the people, not the other way around,” said Staples.
During his first term, Staples has met in-person with Texas families across the Lone Star State in pursuit of fulfilling his promise to visit all 254 counties. His first term focus has been on connectivity between rural and urban/suburban communities, promoting the state’s agriculture/livestock economies, public food safety, school nutrition programs, rural Texas jobs, and fairly enforcing the state’s weights and measures laws including calibration of gas station pumps.
Staples continues to protect Texans by ensuring consumers get what they pay for from fuel pumps to grocery stores. Additionally, Staples has focused on expanding and promoting the agency’s successful GO TEXAN program that promotes the products, culture, and communities of Texas.
Staples’ re-election campaign received immediate support from the Texas Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm organization.
"Texas farmers and ranchers have no better friend than Commissioner Todd Staples. He has promoted Texas agricultural products around the world, courageously spoken out on the issues that impact Texas farm and ranch families, and has responsibly used his platform as Commissioner to promote agriculture in Texas and the nation. Todd Staples has been an outstanding Commissioner of Agriculture and we are proud to stand behind his bid for re-election,” said Kenneth Dierschke, Farm Bureau President.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association also supports Staples.
“The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is proud to support Commissioner Todd Staples," TSCRA President Dave Scott, a rancher from Richmond, Texas said. "Todd has been a strong and steady voice for ranchers. His hands-on leadership has helped the Texas Ag industry despite natural disasters like Hurricane Ike, severe drought and wildfires. Ranchers across Texas can feel confident they have a friend in Austin."
Staples has also received recognition for his strong promotion of job creation in Texas. Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of Texas Economic Development Council said recently:
"Commissioner Staples has been a champion for rural economic development in Texas. He has a great understanding of what it takes for communities to thrive and prosper, and knows what it will take to help Texas continue to be a leader in economic growth and job creation. Texas is lucky to have him as one of our statewide elected officials."
“The next four years demand thoughtful and careful planning as Texas continues its leadership role with agriculture in our nation and around the globe. As Commissioner, I will continue to approach all issues with the same question: How does this decision benefit Texas families?” Commissioner Staples said.