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.”

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