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03 February 2010

Republican Raises Over $200,000 For Agriculture Commissioner Bid

The Gary Black campaign announced Tuesday that a fundraiser at Turner Field's 755 Club raised over $200,000 for the Republican's agriculture commissioner bid.

The event was attended by over 300 guests including the chairmen of the House and Senate agriculture committees.

"Agriculture is the number one industry in the state of Georgia. Gary Black has proven he understands what it will take to assure that in the 21st century, agriculture remains an integral part of a growing economy in our state. Gary Black knows agriculture and those of us involved in agriculture know Gary Black. He has earned our trust and our support. He surely has mine," Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman John Bulloch (R - Ochlocknee) said.

Gary Black, who currently serves as president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, welcomed the support for his campaign to become the state's first Republican agriculture commissioner.

"We are gratified to have such a warm response to our program to assure safe food, strong farms, and responsible government. It is clear to me the plan we outlined for the first 90 days in office is one that is truly responsive to what Georgians expect from the Agriculture Department," said Black.