Ag Commish: Spell Won’t Seek 5th Term
The AP is reporting (h/t: Y’all Politics) that four term Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell will not seek a fifth term in 2011. Spell was first elected in 1995 as a Democrat. He switched parties before the 2007 election and won election in a three-way battle as a Republican for the first time in his career. If all the cards fall right, this means that there may be six open seats in 2011 (with only the AG and Insurance Commissioner featuring an incumbent).
Update: State Rep. Dannie Reed (R-Ackerman) has already announced his intentions to run for Ag Commish (he did so before Spell announced he was retiring). Here is a recent article from the Webster Progress Times.