Thursday, December 01, 2022

GOP’s Quarles Announces Running for Kentucky Governor in 2023

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced Saturday night that he would enter the 2023 gubernatorial race, shaped as a crowded Republican contest to choose a candidate to challenge Democratic Governor Andy Beshear. is taking.,

Quarles told a GOP gathering in Lexington that he would seek the state’s top elected office. He officially announced his candidacy in an interview on WKYT-TV’s Kentucky Newsmakers program.

In his second term as agriculture commissioner, Quarles has long been seen as a strong contender, having made a name for himself in GOP strongholds in rural Kentucky. His entry into the race could prompt a flurry of possible announcements in the coming weeks and months.

At a Republican gathering in Oldham County on Saturday, Quarles tried to link Beshear to President Joe Biden, pointing to rising inflation and fuel prices.

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“If there’s one thing we can all agree on today, it’s that both Andy Beshear and President Biden should have one-term governments,” Quarles said.

Beshear has emphasized his leadership of the state’s economy while leading the Bluegrass State through the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s two biggest economic development announcements to date – both related to battery production for electric vehicles – have come during his tenure. Recent polling showed the governor receiving higher job-performance ratings from Kentuckians.

But the governor faces an uphill reelection battle in a state heavily skewed toward Republicans.

State Auditor Mike Harmon announced last year that he would seek the GOP nomination for governor.

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Several other Republicans are believed to be weighing the governor general’s bids, including Attorney General Daniel CameronFormer United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft, State Sense. Ralph Alvarado and Max Wise, State Rep. Savannah Maddox and Somerset Mayor Alan Keck.

Kentucky’s Secretary of State Michael Adams, a Republican, said Saturday that he expects a larger field of GOP candidates for governor next year.

“I think we’re going to need more paper for ballots,” he quipped in an interview with the Associated Press at a GOP gathering in Oldham County.


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