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Richard Heath

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Richard Heath
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Current candidacy
Running for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture
Current office
Kentucky House of Representatives District 2
In office
January 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$1,788.51/month
Per diem$135.30/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryMay 19, 2015
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMurray State University
Master'sMurray State University
Personal
Date of birthAugust 8, 1955
Place of birthMayfield, Kentucky
ProfessionBusiness owner
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Richard Heath (b. August 8, 1955 in Mayfield, Kentucky is a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

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.[1]

Biography

Education

  • B.S. in agriculture education, Murray State University (1984)
  • M.A. in agriculture, Murray State University (1989)[2]

Career

Heath has worked as a farmer, school teacher and farm cooperative manager. He is currently the president and owner of Heath Building Materials Incorporated.[2]

Committee assignments

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
Agriculture
Economic Development and Tourism

2013-2014

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
Education

Elections

2015

See also: Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

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:

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General

Secretary of State

Auditor

Commissioner of Agriculture

Treasurer


Debates

Debate media


January 16 forum discussion of EPA regulation

February 13 forum

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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."[5]

Campaign finance

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.[6]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
Jean-Marie Lawson Spann Democratic Party Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture $64,929.08 $25,700 $13,685.78 $76,943.30
Ryan Quarles Republican Party Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture $0 $22,974.31 $1,394.43 $21,579.88
Richard Heath Republican Party Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture $0 $0 $0 $0
Grand Total Raised $48,674.31
Grand Total Spent $15,080.21

2014

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2014

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.[7][8][9]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Heath Incumbent 59.5% 9,181
     Democratic Jesse Wright 40.5% 6,258
Total Votes 15,439

2012

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[10][11]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Heath 54.8% 9,681
     Democratic Kelly Whitaker 45.2% 7,984
Total Votes 17,665
Kentucky House of Representatives, District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Heath 78.7% 752
Patrick Fisher 21.3% 204
Total Votes 956

Campaign donors

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.[12]

Richard Heath's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kentucky State House, District 2 Won $85,402
Grand Total Raised $85,402

2012

Heath 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
Heath, Richard$2,479
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce$1,000
Brown, J$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$85,402
Source:Follow the Money

Personal

Heath and his wife, Ruth, have three children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fred Nesler (D)
Kentucky House of Representatives District 2
2013-present
Succeeded by
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