Democrats looking to recapture 62nd House district seat with challenger hand picked by Beshear

09/18/2014 08:25 AM

GEORGETOWN – The 62nd district House race features a young two-term Republican incumbent being challenged by a lifelong farmer who was hand picked to enter the race by Gov. Steve Beshear.

Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, is being challenged by farmer and business owner Chuck Tackett, who is currently a magistrate on the Scott County fiscal court.

The makeup of the district changed significantly during the 2013 redistricting process. It now encompasses most of Scott County, including part of downtown Georgetown, which is actually divided into parts of three districts: including all of Owen County, which has a heavy Democratic registration, and the northern portion of Fayette County.

Quarles, says the key for him to winning a third term is remind voters of how he has done his job the first two terms in the state House.

“I’ve been able to vote my conscious while serving in the Kentucky House and really speak up for our residents, particularly when it comes to issues such as job expansion at Toyota with the Lexus expansion or new roads for our district,” said Quarles.

“I’ve always been an advocate for education in Kentucky and I was proud to vote for increases in funding for our school systems here, and across the commonwealth.”

Tackett had been thinking about making a run for the seat for the last several years, but didn’t run until now because of business obligations.

“A few years ago, being a magistrate of Scott County, an elderly gentleman needed some things done in this county, couldn’t get anybody to help him with the issues he wanted done,” said Tackett. “He came to me and he wanted to know if I could help him with some things and I got them done quick. I never will forget the response as he said you need to be in Frankfort and be our state representative.”

Quarles is ahead in fundraising having raised over $65,000 during the primary as well as more since while Tackett raised just over $40,000 during the primary and he says the effort is continuing with a lot of success. Tackett feels that he will be able to raise enough money to be competitive with his opponent financially.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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