Jonathan Shell Makes it Official Files to Run for Ag Commissioner

Farmer and former House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell has officially filed his paperwork with the Secretary of State to run for Agriculture Commissioner next year.

Shell, a Republican, is the first to file for the open seat, that has been held by outgoing Commissioner Ryan Quarles, R-Kentucky, for two terms.

“I am excited to run for this race to protect our way of life,” Shell said in a video posted on Tuesday.

Shell jumped into the race at the end of August after current state Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield, announced his candidacy for the seat. Heath announced he would be seeking the open-seat at a Mayfield community event in early August.

Shell has raised nearly $300,000 for the race, according to a report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Heath, who has not yet filed with the Kentucky Secretary of State, has raised $45,000 for the GOP primary race.

The Garrard Co. farmer served as U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2020 campaign chairman in Kentucky.