Ag commissioner, Boone judge-exec in key leadership posts


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Two Kentucky elected officials have been elected to leadership positions in their respective fields.

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles has been selected as vice-president of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture. 

Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore was elected second vice-president at the National Association of Counties during their convention this week in Nashville. 

That group who selected Quarles is made up of the commissioners, secretaries, and directors of agriculture from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“I am honored to be elected by my peers to serve in this position to advocate for southern agriculture,” said Quarles. “As Congress continues to debate the 2018 federal farm bill and states move forward with food safety modernization, it is important that Kentucky has a seat at the table for regional and national discussions about agriculture. I will continue to advocate for Kentucky’s hard-working farmers each and every day.”

In addition to his new position, Quarles currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, a national organization of state agriculture officials who work together to develop policies that will grow and enhance American agriculture.

Quarles was elected Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner in November 2015 and took office the following January. At 34, he is the youngest statewide elected official in the United States.  His family has lived and farmed in central Kentucky for more than 200 years. He served as a state representative for six years prior to his election as agriculture commissioner.

Moore will become first vice-president and sworn in as the national president in July 2020.

The president of NACo is the lead advocate for county government in the U.S. Moore will serve as the liaison between the nation's 3,069 counties and all other levels of government to improve, advance and enrich the future of counties.

"When I was elected Boone County judge-executive 20 years ago, that fulfilled my childhood dream,” Moore said.  “However, being elected second vice president of the nation's 3,069 counties is something I could have never imagined.  This position puts Boone County and the entire state of Kentucky at an advantage to learn and benefit from the most innovative ideas from around the nation."

Moore will be the second Kentuckian to head the group.  Kenton County Judge-Executive Bob Aldemeyer was the first, being elected to the post in 1984



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