Rep. Ryan Quarles, mulling run for agriculture commissioner, schedules "special announcement" Monday
11/26/2014 05:07 PM
After telling The Lexington Herald-Leader he was considering a run for Kentucky agriculture commissioner and would make his decision after Thanksgiving, state Rep. Ryan Quarles has scheduled a “special announcement” Monday in Georgetown.
Quarles, R-Georgetown, will be joined by GOP gubernatorial candidate and current Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, Sen. Paul Hornback and other elected officials 10 a.m. Monday at a John Deere dealership.
Quarles told The Lexington Herald-Leader last week he planned to discuss the race with his family over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The 31-year-old farmer and attorney, who serves on the House Agriculture and Small Business, Banking and Insurance and Judiciary committees, emerged as a potential candidate for the office after Hornback, R-Shelbyville, said he would not run for the post in 2015. He won re-election to a third term representing the 62nd House District over Democrat Chuck Tackett by 2,724 votes.
The agriculture spot will be open as Comer mounts a gubernatorial bid rather than seek a second term.
Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann is the only entrant in the race for agriculture commissioner.
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