Ryan Quarles

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Ryan Quarles
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Current candidacy
Running for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture
Current office
Kentucky House of Representatives District 62
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$1,788.51/month
Per diem$135.30/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryMay 19, 2015
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky
Master'sUniversity of Kentucky
J.D.Harvard University
Personal
Date of birthOctober 20, 1983
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ryan Quarles campaign logo
CandidateVerification
Ryan Quarles (b. October 20, 1983) is a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 62. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Quarles announced plans to run for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture during the 2015 elections in late 2014. He filed his candidacy on January 14, 2015.[1] Quarles is running to replace James Comer, Jr. (R), who is running for governor.[2]

Biography

Quarles earned three bachelor's degrees and an M.A. in both economics and diplomacy from the University of Kentucky. He also earned an M.A. in higher education from Harvard. His professional experience includes working for Senator Mitch McConnell, as a consultant for GlobalAdRisk and a farmer.[3]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Quarles served on the following committees:

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture and Small Business
Banking and Insurance
Judiciary, Vice Chair
Agriculture
Banking and Insurance
Judiciary

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Quarles served on the following committees:

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Small Business
Banking and Insurance
Judiciary, Vice chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Quarles served on the following committees:

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
Incumbents Steve Beshear (D) and Crit Luallen (D) are not running for re-election.

Attorney General
Incumbent Jack Conway (D) is seeking election as governor

Secretary of State

Auditor

Commissioner of Agriculture
Incumbent James Comer, Jr. (R) is seeking election as governor

Treasurer
Incumbent Todd Hollenbach (D) is term-limited


Campaign themes

Quarles is running on the following themes, according to his campaign website:

  • Promote Ag Education
  • Fight Obama's EPA & Government Overreach
  • Pro-Life & Pro-Family Values
  • Work for Kentucky Jobs & Opportunities for Kentucky Families

[4]

—Ryan Quarles's campaign website, (2015) [5]

Endorsements

Quarles earned the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R) on March 23, 2015.[6]

Polls

Republican primary

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Republican Primary, Quarles vs. Heath
Poll Ryan Quarles (R) Richard Heath (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Bluegrass Poll
March 26, 2015
21%10%66.5%+/-4601
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hypothetical match-ups

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, Quarles vs. Spann
Poll Jean-Marie Lawson Spann (D) Ryan Quarles (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
January 5-6, 2015
31%39%30%+/-4608
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

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.[7]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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."[9]

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 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.[10]

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. Chuck Tackett ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Ryan F. Quarles ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Quarles defeated Tackett in the general election.[11][12][13]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 62 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Quarles Incumbent 58.7% 9,163
     Democratic Chuck Tackett 41.3% 6,439
Total Votes 15,602

2012

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

Quarles won re-election in the 2012 election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 62. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 22, 2012, and defeated Charlie Hoffman (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[14][15]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 62, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Quarles Incumbent 54% 12,408
     Democratic Charlie Hoffman 46% 10,557
Total Votes 22,965

2010

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2010

Quarles' opponent in the November 2 general election was Democratic incumbent Charles Hoffman (Kentucky). According to official results, Quarles defeated Hoffman by a margin of 8,508 to 8,287.[16]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 62 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ryan Quarles (R) 8,508
Charles Hoffman (D) 8,287

Quarles defeated Ricky Hostetler by a margin of 2,081 to 1,388 in the May 18 Republican primary election.[17][18]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Quarles is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Quarles raised a total of $199,195 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 18, 2013.[19]

Ryan Quarles's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kentucky State House, District 62 Won $130,566
2010 Kentucky State House, District 62 Won $68,629
Grand Total Raised $199,195

2012

Quarles won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Quarles raised a total of $130,566.

2010

Quarles won election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Quarles raised a total of $68,629.

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References

  1. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Information for Ryan F. Quarles, Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture," January 14, 2015
  2. Lexington Herald-Leader, "First candidates forum for ag commissioner," January 7, 2015
  3. Ryan Quarles, "Home," accessed January 8, 2015
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. Quarles for Agriculture Commissioner, "Home," accessed February 6, 2015
  6. Lexington Herald-Leader, "Andy Barr endorses Ryan Quarles for agriculture commissioner," March 23, 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 Agribusiness Industry Network Inc., "Kentucky Ag Commissioner Candidate Forum," February 2015
  8. Lexington Herald-Leader, "First candidates forum for ag commissioner," January 7, 2015
  9. 9.0 9.1 CN2, "Down-ticket race, already looking past May primary, jumpstarts 2015 debate season," January 17, 2015
  10. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Search Results," accessed February 3, 2015
  11. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Candidate Filings with the Office of the Secretary of State," accessed October 29, 2014
  12. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary Election Results," accessed October 29, 2014
  13. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2014 General Election Results," accessed December 5, 2014
  14. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
  15. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2012 General Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Official 2010 General Election Results," accessed April 30, 2014
  17. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Official 2010 Primary Election Results," accessed April 30, 2014
  18. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Official 2010 Primary Election Results," accessed April 30, 2014
  19. followthemoney.org, "Quarles, Ryan," accessed June 18, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Hoffman (Kentucky) (D)
Kentucky House of Representatives District 62
2011–present
Succeeded by
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