|North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina State University|
|Place of birth||Eastern North Carolina|
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was a 2012 Democratic
candidate for North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
in the 2012 elections
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
- See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012
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
|| Walter Smith
||Steve Troxler Incumbent
|Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.
|North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2012
| Scott Bryant
|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."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Charlotte Observer, "Statewide candidates speak," April 26, 2012
- ↑ News and Observer, "Two incumbents headed for easy wins in treasurer, agriculture commissioner race," May 8, 2012
- ↑ Independent Weekly, "2012 Primary Endorsements," April 18, 2012