John McMillan, Alabama AG commissioner, running for governor
John McMillan, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Industries, has filed paperwork to run for Governor of Alabama.
John McMillan, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Industries, has filed paperwork to run for Governor of Alabama. McMillan is running as a Republican. He’s the latest to throw his hat into a quickly growing GOP field that includes Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Public Service Commission Chair Twinkle Cavanaugh, prison guard and former Morgan County Commission Stacy George and businessman Joshua Jones. McMillan recently told a group in DeKalb County he wants to involve more people with expertise in areas such as Medicaid or job growth in helping to formulate plans for the state.
“My theory is that they’re plenty of people in the state that for whatever reason will never run for public office, but have tremendous management skills, and knowledge of state and local government, that can be an asset to us if we take this type of approach,” McMillan said.
A former Baldwin County Commissioner and State House Representative, McMillan grew up working at his family’s farm and sawmill. Gov. Fob James appointed McMillan as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, where he oversaw the creation of the Alabama Trust Fund, created with proceeds from leases of offshore oil operations. He later served as Executive Vice President of the Alabama Forestry Association. McMillan was named to the Alabama State Personnel Board by Gov. James during the 1990s and reappointed to a second term by Governor Bob Riley. McMillan was elected Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in 2010 and reelected in 2014.
The statewide primary will be June 5, 2018 with a runoff – if needed – on July 17. The general election is set for Nov. 6, 2018.