|North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina State University|
|Place of birth||Eastern North Carolina|
Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Smith taught Vocational Agriculture after graduating from North Carolina State University. He then worked for 32 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has served as the Mayor of Boonville.
- BS in Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University
Smith ran for North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. He defeated Scott Bryant in the Democratic primary on May 8 and lost to Republican incumbent Steve Troxler in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Steve Troxler Incumbent||53.2%||2,303,586|
|Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.|
|North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.|
In an essay to the Charlotte Observer, Smith stated:
"As commissioner there are several issues I will focus on, such as making the food and consumer safety division a high priority, keeping all the Agricultural Research Stations open, cutting red tape in NCDA by reviewing applications, procedures and regulations required of farmers and agribusinesses in order to simplify them to make them easier to understand and follow, and encouraging our farms and agribusinesses to 'Go Green.'"
"We are losing farms and farmland at an alarming rate. I will work with our Land Grant Universities to target potential new farmers and provide them with the resources to help them get started in farming and find crops that can be grown profitably on their farms. I will also establish a hotline for farmers, agribusiness owners and consumers to call with any concerns, problems or suggestions. I will make the Dept. of Agriculture the most responsive agency in state government."
- Independent Weekly
Smith lost the election to the position of North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $35,510.
|North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Walter Smith's campaign in 2012|
|Yadkin County Democratic Party||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$35,510|
|Source:Follow the Money|