Chatham rancher running for ag commissioner

Posted October 4, 2011 12:07 p.m. EDT

Chatham County cattle farmer Scott Bryant said Tuesday that he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture.

“In these tough times, we need new leadership who will be willing to look for new ideas and new ways to increase food and crop production, protect consumers and help agribusiness make a profit,” Bryant said in a statement. “I will be a working commissioner of agriculture. I will be a leading voice for our farmers, our consumers and the agribusiness industry.”

Bryant, 44, grew up on a cattle and production farm in Lee County and served 20 years as a deputy in Lee and Chatham counties. He now owns B&B Farms in Siler City.

This is his first campaign for elective office.

“Voters across the state are tired of the status quo," he said. "They are tired of hearing the professional politicians tell them why we can’t accomplish something. They are tired of having the bureaucrats in Raleigh run everything and expect the taxpayers to belly up their money without any input or oversight."

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, a Republican, hasn't yet announced whether he will seek a third term.