Quarles visits Warren County to promote Ag Tag Program

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles made a stop in Bowling Green today.

Quarles is one of 12 candidates vying for the top Republican spot in the May primary.

The agriculture commissioner says that, despite the crowded GOP field and a recent Mason-Dixon poll naming his opponent, attorney general Daniel Cameron, as the Republican front runner, he feels connected to Kentucky voters and what he has accomplished so far.

“I’ve been elected twice before statewide, I won 117 of 120 counties back in 2019 and received more votes than Governor Beshear did that night. And so I’m looking forward to continuing our people’s first grassroots campaign across the state,” Quarles said.

Quarles’ campaign trail led him to the Warren County Clerk’s Office this afternoon to promote the 2023 Ag Tag Program.

The program is for Kentucky motorists who buy or renew farm vehicle license plates and can contribute a voluntary donation of up to $10 to the Ag Tag Fund, a program that divides the donations equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for Youth Development and promotional programs.

“I would not be where I’m at today as a former legislator and Commissioner of Agriculture and gubernatorial candidate without the leadership skills that I learned, that lasts a lifetime, with Kentucky 4-H and FFA,” Quarles said.

Today’s stop marks Quarles’ second visit in Bowling Green since the controversial Republican Women’s Club Event on Jan. 17.

The event, which Quarles was scheduled to attend at its original location, made national headlines after a former Louisville police officer involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor was a guest speaker at the event later held at Anna’s Greek Restaurant.

Quarles opted out of the event, which was initially planned to be held at a different venue.

News 40 asked Quarles if he still plans to reschedule his appearance with the group after the controversial fallout.

The gubernatorial candidate says he is willing to sit down with any Republican group interested in learning more about his candidacy.