Work man

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The recession was especially painful for Baxter Troutman. When it hit in 2008, he had to close seven branches of his employee recruitment company, Labor Solutions. He let go of 41 employees — more than 80% of the company’s payroll. “It was an economic drive-by shooting,” he says. “There were a lot of victims of the recession.” But his company … Read More

Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman files for agriculture commissioner

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Citrus grower and former state Rep. Baxter Troutman is joining the growing field vying for commissioner of agriculture. The Winter Haven Republican served in the House from 2002 to 2010. He opened his campaign account Monday with a $2.5 million personal contribution, his campaign said. “Every corner of this great state feels the practical and economic impact of agriculture, and … Read More

Baxter Troutman entering competitive Agriculture Commissioner race

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Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman of Winter Haven said he will run for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. The grandson of the late citrus baron and one-time gubernatorial candidate, Ben Hill Griffin Jr., Troutman will enter the competitive race to succeed Adam Putnam, a Bartow Republican who is term-limited and is running for governor. […] Troutman, who proposed to his wife … Read More

Former State Rep. Baxter Troutman Jumps in Ag Commissioner Race

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Another Republican is jumping into the race to become Florida’s next Agriculture Commissioner. On Monday, Republican citrus grower Baxter Troutman officially filed as a Republican candidate for Agriculture Commissioner in the 2018 election. Troutman is the heir to the Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. citrus growing empire and will compete against three other GOP candidates to replace Adam Putnam, who is … Read More

Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman files for agriculture commissioner

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Citrus grower and former state Rep. Baxter Troutman is joining the growing field vying for commissioner of agriculture. The Winter Haven Republican served in the House from 2002 to 2010. He opened his campaign account Monday with a $2.5 million personal contribution, his campaign said. “Every corner of this great state feels the practical and economic impact of agriculture, and … Read More

Baxter Troutman files to run for Agriculture Commissioner

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Baxter Troutman has made it official. The Winter Haven Republican filed to run for Agriculture Commissioner on Monday, joining an already crowded field vying to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in 2018. Troutman filed the necessary paperwork Monday, and opened his campaign account with a personal contribution of $2.5 million, according to his campaign. “For two decades, I’ve been building … Read More

Baxter Troutman of Winter Haven to run for Florida agriculture commissioner

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He would become the fourth Republican to enter the party’s primary for the post now held by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow, who is running for governor. WINTER HAVEN — Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman, an heir to the Ben Hill Griffin Jr. citrus empire, plans to announce his candidacy for Florida agriculture commissioner Monday. News of Troutman’s candidacy … Read More