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Ron Sparks looks beyond farming interest profits

When the Republican challenger talks about the office of Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, he emphasizes helping farming interests prosper.

When incumbent Ron Sparks talks about the office he's held for nearly four years, he includes consumers.

Albert Lipscomb, chairman of the Baldwin County Commission, comes from a South Alabama family that's farmed the land for seven generations. He knows first hand the ups and downs of farming.

"When I served in the Alabama Senate, I fought tax increases, regulations that unfairly burdened small businesses and farms, wasteful government spending, and basically anything that got in the way of farmers and businessmen doing what they do best: farm and do business," he says.

He opposes animal identification to track mad cow disease on the premise it is an intrusion on private farms.

Mr. Sparks brings balance to the office. While he's been aggressive in increasing trade for farmers and related industries, he's also emphasized making sure consumers get safe and healthy foods.

Mr. Sparks honed his political skills in the hills of DeKalb County. He learned what it was like to work in a sock mill while he attended high school. He also was a successful entrepreneur as well as a county commissioner.

THE DAILY recommends the re-election of Ron Sparks as commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.

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