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 we simply cannot afford someone in this important leadership position who doesn’t understand how to make it work for taxpayers," Troutman said in a statement.
Troutman is the grandson of citrus magnate Ben Hill Griffin.
He joins Sen. Denise Grimsley of Sebring, Rep. Matt Caldwell of North Fort Myers and Orlando businessman Paul Paulson in the Republican primary. University of Miami law student Michael Christine is the lone Democrat who has filed.
Current Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is term-limited in 2018 and running for governor.