State Rep. Ryan Quarles becomes main name for GOP in Ag. Commissioner race

11/19/2014 09:27 AM

After state Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, announced Tuesday that he would not run for Agriculture Commissioner in 2015, state Rep. Ryan Quarles becomes the focus of the potential GOP field.

As the Lexington Herald-Leader first reported Tuesday , Hornback has taken his name out of the running and told the paper he would support Quarles, R-Georgetown, if he decides to run.

Quarles, a 31 year-old farmer and attorney who was re-elected to the legislature Nov. 4, told Pure Politics he is going to be speaking with his family about a potential run in the coming weeks and make an announcement come Dec. 1.

In August, Hornback told Pure Politics he was weighing his options when it came to a run for the office because he was not sure he wanted to give up farming for the full time agriculture commissioner position.

Hornback and Quarles were the two GOP names most talked about to run for the office in the race to replace Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who is running in his party’s gubernatorial primary.

The only person to announce a run for the office is Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann . Democratic state Sen. Dennis Parrett first confirmed to Pure Politics he had decided against a run for the office in September.


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