Quarles files for agriculture commissioner

Republican state Rep Ryan Quarles

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Ryan Quarles has filed to run for state Agriculture Commissioner.

Quarles filed his candidacy papers at the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office Wednesday morning. The Scott County farmer won a third term to the House of Representatives in November.

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Sen. Paul Hornback, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and state Rep. Jonathan Shell, who farms 1,200 acres in central Kentucky, signed the papers for Quarles as witnesses. Quarles is the only Republican to file for the race so far to replace James Comer, who is running for governor.

Radio host Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, a Democrat, filed for the office in November. Quarles and Spann are scheduled to appear in a pair of forums this weekend in western Kentucky.

The filing deadline is 4 p.m. on Jan. 27.


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