Joe Messineo

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Joe Messineo
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Former candidate for
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
Date of birthNovember 6, 1945
ProfessionFarm owner/operator
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Joe Messineo was a 2012 Democratic candidate for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture in the 2012 elections.
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Messineo has worked extensively for the United States Department of Agriculture, including 17 years with Veterinary and Plant Quarantines Services and 15 years as "Officer in Charge" of the state of West Virginia. He also worked for three years as a food safety inspector/animal health technician for the U.S. Army.[1]



See also: West Virginia down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Messineo ran for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. He lost against Sally Shepherd, Steve Miller, Bob Tabb and Walt Helmick in the Democratic primary on May 8.[2] Kent Leonhardt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Mike Teets ran on the Republican ticket but withdrew in mid-February.

Incumbent Gus Douglass did not run for re-election.

Agriculture Commissioner of West Virginia Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWalt Helmick 32.9% 59,376
Sally Shepherd 24.6% 44,454
Steve Miller 21.7% 39,130
Joe Messineo 13.6% 24,613
Bob Tabb 7.2% 12,976
Total Votes 180,549
Election Results via The West Virginia Secretary of State.

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