The Tampa Bay Times has recommended Adam Putnam as its choice for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner.  In this election year, Putnam is facing consumer services veteran and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Thaddeus Hamilton.  Florida agriculture has seen tremendous change in the past decade and notable change since Putnam’s 2010 election. We’ve covered much of Putnam’s progress in the Martin Law blog. Let’s walk through his history…

Putnam brought the serious greening issue front and center and has formed necessary partnerships to help find a cure. He has taken Florida agriculture global by attending several exhibits, tradeshows and meetings. He is working to ensure that all Floridians have access to Florida’s agriculture products. Under his persuasion lawmakers transferred control of school food and nutrition to his department and he is aiming at reducing child obesity by adding more fruits and vegetables to school menus.

Outside of agriculture, Putnam has made charity reform top on his agenda in 2014.  The Tampa Bay Times reported on the 50 worst charities, and highlighted that many were abusing telemarketing and other roles. He proposed a rewrite of the charity laws to ensure that Floridians are protected.

Florida water is of great concern too. He is moving to improve the water policies for the state. Putnam has certainly been busy doing his term. It is sure to be a good race for the position.  Who’s your favorite candidate?