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Ryan Quarles announces run for Kentucky governor in 2023

Kentucky Governor Quarles
Posted at 6:11 AM, May 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-01 06:11:41-04

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that he'll enter the 2023 governor's race.

He joins what's shaping up to be a crowded Republican contest to select a nominee to challenge Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear.

Quarles told a GOP gathering in Lexington Saturday night that he will seek the state's top elected position.

Quarles is in his second term as agriculture commissioner.

He has long been seen as a strong contender, having built up his name recognition across rural Kentucky.

His entry into the race could signal a flurry of potential announcements in the coming weeks and months.