2 lawmakers competing for GOP nomination for ag commissioner

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two Kentucky lawmakers with deep family roots in farming are competing for the Republican nomination for state agriculture commissioner.

State Reps. Ryan Quarles and Richard Heath are touting their rural pedigrees while campaigning for the job of running the Department of Agriculture.

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The 31-year-old Quarles joined 4H and FFA while growing up on his family’s farm in Scott County. He raised crops to help pay for college, where his focus included agricultural economics. The 59-year-old Heath took over his family’s farm after high school, obtained an ag degree in college and managed Graves County Co-Op for years before starting a business that builds barns and other farm structures.

The Republican nominee in the May 19 primary will run against Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, who is unopposed in the primary.


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