By NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – State Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven said Friday she’s running for Mississippi commissioner of agriculture and commerce.
Hyde-Smith is a cattle rancher and is completing her 12th year in the Senate, where she chairs the Agriculture Committee.
Hyde-Smith switched from Democrat to Republican in December.
Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell is not seeking a fifth term.
Cattle farmer Max Phillips of Taylorsville and Republican State Rep. Dannie Reed of Ackerman also have filed to run for agriculture commissioner as Republicans.