Quarles names Sean Southard as Dept. of Agriculture Communications Director

07/05/2017 03:27 PM

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has a new communications director.

Owensboro native Sean Southard, who formerly worked at Run Switch PR in Louisville, has been named the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s director of communications, Quarles announced on Wednesday.

“Sean has gained valuable experience in the public and private sectors in a short time,” Quarles said in a news release. “As a native Kentuckian, he knows the values and the culture of the Commonwealth, and as a millennial, he is deeply familiar with the changing communications landscape in the age of social media.”

Southard is a University of Louisville graduate, and his name may sound familiar to longtime viewers and readers of Pure Politics. Sean appeared on Pure Politics in November of 2014 , when the McConnell scholar was the vice president of UofL republicans.

“It is an honor to join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and to work for Commissioner Quarles,” Southard said. “I look forward to communicating the good work he and the department are doing on behalf of our farm families.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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