Walter Smith

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Walter Smith
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Candidate for
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University
Place of birthEastern North Carolina
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Walter Smith 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.[1]


  • 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.[2]

North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Walter Smith 46.8% 2,025,054
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Troxler Incumbent 53.2% 2,303,586
Total Votes 4,328,640
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWalter Smith 55.1% 424,287
Scott Bryant 44.9% 345,644
Total Votes 769,931
Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.

Issue positions

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]


  • Independent Weekly[3]

Campaign donors


Smith lost the election to the position of North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $33,664.

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