MS farm leader Waide: No political campaign

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Outgoing Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President David Waide says he will not be a candidate for governor or any other statewide office next year.

Waide made the announcement during the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, during which he ended his 14 years as head of the politically influential group that has about 205,000 member families.

Waide has been mentioned as a possible 2011 candidate for governor, lieutenant governor or agriculture commissioner. All three jobs will be open next year because Gov. Haley Barbour is term limited, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to run for governor and Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell isn’t seeking re-election.