Spell to Retire After Current Term

By: Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press
By: Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press

The four-term commissioner announced his decision Wednesday to his staff, to The Associated Press and in a letter to supporters.

Spell was a veterinarian and Richland mayor before he was elected agriculture commissioner in 1995. He took office in January 1996.

Spell was first elected statewide as a Democrat. He switched to the Republican Party in 2005, saying his ideas about government efficiency were a better match with the GOP.

Spell is 67 and says he wants to spend more time with his family.

Agriculture commissioner is one of eight statewide positions up for election in 2011.

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  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Jun 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    I guess commissioner spell rode through meridian and saw the tea-party billboard that we are going to throw out all imcumbants this november and decided he didn't want to be kicked out of office in an election. No wait, that is for democrats only that will be voted out of office. my bad.
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