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.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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