McMillan wins close GOP runoff for ag commissioner

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama Forestry Association Vice President John McMillan has defeated Jasper farmer Dorman Grace in a close runoff for the Republican nomination for state commissioner of agriculture.

In nearly complete unofficial returns Tuesday night, McMillan had about 52 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Grace.

The 68-year-old McMillan of Stockton in Baldwin County has been involved in Alabama politics and conservation issues for at least 40 years. He is a former Baldwin County commissioners, state legislator and worked for more than 20 years as executive vice president of the Alabama Forestry Association.

The 54-year-old Grace owns and operates a family poultry, cattle and timber farm in Walker County. He is making his first run for political office.

The winner of the Republican runoff faces Democrat Glen Zorn in November.

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