Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann announces candidacy for Agriculture Commissioner

06/18/2014 11:28 AM

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann became the first to announce her candidacy for the office of Agriculture Commissioner with a message of the importance the office and the industry holds in the daily lives of Kentuckians.

In a room of around twenty family members and supporters in Frankfort Wednesday, Lawson-Spann showed a longer video announcing her candidacy before entering the room to address the group.

At the first stop of her announcement tour, the Lawson Marketing Vice President and weekly agriculture radio show host said she was “not running against anyone” for the position but rather running to represent the people of the state.

“If you eat or buy gas or ride a farris wheel or just about anything you do on a daily basis, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has the responsibility to make sure you are safe and that you get your full measure,” Lawson Spann said. “So the department effects each of us every day.”

Lawson joked about the length of her name after she recently added Spann to her name after getting married earlier this month. She told the room that it would be easier for everyone to remember “Jean-Marie for KY Ag” instead and called her supporters “Jean-Marie’s Ag-mazing army.”

Lawson Spann touted the support of three Democratic former governors as well as former Democratic agriculture commissioners.

The majority of Lawson Spann’s speech revolved around her video announcement and the website her campaign is launching to explain why she is running. She also added that her family is eighth generation Kentucky farmers and she believes the experience she has gained through her family business will be beneficial to the office.

Currently, Republican James Comer holds the position and has said he will continue to focus on the office as he considers the governors race in 2015.

For highlights of Jean-Marie Lawson Spann’s announcement, watch Pure Politics Wednesday night at 7 and 11:30 ET


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