|Running for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture|
|Kentucky House of Representatives District 2|
|January 1, 2013 - Present|
|January 1, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next primary||May 19, 2015|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Bachelor's||Murray State University|
|Master's||Murray State University|
|Date of birth||August 8, 1955|
|Place of birth||Mayfield, Kentucky|
Heath is a candidate for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture in the 2015 elections. He filed his candidacy on January 26, 2015. Heath is running to replace James Comer, Jr. (R), who is running for governor.
- B.S. in agriculture education, Murray State University (1984)
- M.A. in agriculture, Murray State University (1989)
Heath has worked as a farmer, school teacher and farm cooperative manager. He is currently the president and owner of Heath Building Materials Incorporated.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Heath served on the following committees:
|Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Agriculture and Small Business, Vice Chair|
|• Economic Development|
|• Economic Development and Tourism|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Heath served on the following committees:
|Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture and Small Business, Vice-chair|
|• Economic Development|
Seven state executive offices in Kentucky are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on May 19, 2015. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:
February 13 Republican forum
Republican candidates Richard Heath and Ryan Quarles met for a forum on the state of agriculture in Kentucky hosted by Agribusiness Industry Network and the Kentucky Ag Council. Both candidates were asked questions about Louisville's role in the agricultural economy and the role of agriculture in the state's economy. Heath highlighted the importance of the National Farm Machinery Show and the close relationship between the commissioner's office and the Mayor of Louisville when discussing the city's role in agriculture. Quarles suggested that the Kentucky State Fair hosted annually in Louisville is a gateway to agriculture for students who otherwise fail to learn the origins of their family meals. He also argued that without agricultural education, children learned lessons about farm cruelty from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Humane Society rather than the realities of food production.
Heath noted that the state's agriculture sector generated $6 billion in revenue per year, creating a large number of jobs. He pointed to the growing demand for workers familiar with agricultural technology as an unexplored avenue for the state. Heath cited the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, which mixes on-the-job training and technical school courses in manufacturing fields, as a template for agricultural training. Quarles pointed to existing growth in local farmers markets and untapped resources like industrial hemp and hop production as strengths of the agriculture sector. He also suggested that the state's Bourbon Trail could be connected to a similar marketing campaign for farms.
January 16 forum
Jean-Marie Lawson Spann (D) and Ryan Quarles (R) compared endorsements and found consensus on the state's response to federal regulations during a forum sponsored by the Kentucky Soybean Association, Kentucky Corn Growers Association and Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association. Spann touted the endorsement of former commissioner Billy Ray Smith (D) and argued that he was among the best commissioners in state history. Quarles brought up current commissioner James Comer Jr.'s (R) endorsement and noted that Comer had established a "gold standard" for future officeholders.
Spann and Quarles heaped criticism on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposed water regulations that could impact agriculture in the Bluegrass State. Spann indicated that she would pursue a lawsuit against the EPA to block new federal standards if necessary, preferring a state approach to water testing. Quarles noted that the state's agriculture development board was already testing water quality to determine the impacts of farm runoff and farmers didn't need "bureaucrats on the farm."
Fourth quarter report (2014)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $48,674.31 and spent a total of $15,080.21 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.
|Campaign Contributions and Expenditures|
|Candidate||Office||Beginning balance||Contributions||Expenditures||Ending balance|
|Jean-Marie Lawson Spann||Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture||$64,929.08||$25,700||$13,685.78||$76,943.30|
|Ryan Quarles||Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture||$0||$22,974.31||$1,394.43||$21,579.88|
|Richard Heath||Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Grand Total Raised||$48,674.31|
|Grand Total Spent||$15,080.21|
Elections for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014. Jesse Wright ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Richard Heath ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Heath defeated Wright in the general election.
|Kentucky House of Representatives, District 2 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Richard Heath Incumbent||59.5%||9,181|
Heath won election in the 2012 election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 2. He defeated Patrick Fisher in the Republican primary on May 22, 2012, and defeated Kelly Whitaker in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Kentucky House of Representatives, District 2, General Election, 2012|
|Kentucky House of Representatives, District 2 Republican Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Heath is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Heath raised a total of $85,402 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 11, 2013.
|Richard Heath's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Kentucky State House, District 2||$85,402|
|Grand Total Raised||$85,402|
2012Heath won election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $85,402.
|Kentucky House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Richard Heath's campaign in 2012|
|Kentucky House Republican Caucus||$39,859|
|Kentucky Republican Party||$18,035|
|Kentucky Chamber of Commerce||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$85,402|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Heath and his wife, Ruth, have three children.
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- Rpe. Heath's website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Richard Heath on Facebook
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Information for Richard Heath, Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture," January 26, 2015
- Project Vote Smart, "Richard Heath's Biography," accessed January 27, 2015
- Agribusiness Industry Network Inc., "Kentucky Ag Commissioner Candidate Forum," February 2015
- Lexington Herald-Leader, "First candidates forum for ag commissioner," January 7, 2015
- CN2, "Down-ticket race, already looking past May primary, jumpstarts 2015 debate season," January 17, 2015
- Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Search Results," accessed February 3, 2015
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Candidate Filings with the Office of the Secretary of State," accessed October 29, 2014
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary Election Results," accessed October 29, 2014
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2014 General Election Results," accessed December 5, 2014
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2012 General Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Heath, Richard," accessed June 11, 2013
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