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Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann expected to jump into state ag race this week

June 16, 2014 | | Comments Comments

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann

 

 

By Jack Brammer

jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT —Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, host of a weekly radio show about farm news in Kentucky and a former official with a farm equipment dealership, has scheduled a statewide tour this week to announce her plans for the state agriculture commissioner race in 2015.

Lawson Spann, a Democrat of Bowling Green, has been widely mentioned as a candidate in the race.

She said in a release Monday that she will “be starting her announcement tour across Kentucky” at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.

Later in the day, she is to visit Morehead, Elizabethtown and Louisville, with stops Thursday in Bowling Green, Owensboro, Hopkinsville and Murray, Friday in Glasgow, Richmond and Newport and Saturday in Glasgow and Louisville.

Lawson Spann is in her 10th years as host of the weekly radio Jean-Marie Ag Show. She is vice president of marketing for Lawson Marketing Inc. and former was vice president of marketing for Hartland Equipment.

A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in corporate and organizational communication with emphasis in marketing, Lawson Spann was a two-term state president for the Kentucky Young Democrats, secretary of the Democratic Party State Central Executive Committee and state delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

She recently married Bobby Spann, vice president of external affairs for CVG. She is the daughter of Sam and Beverly Lawson, who have been in the farm equipment business for almost 40 years. Her father is a founding member of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board.

The current state agriculture commissioner is Republican James Comer, who is frequently mentioned as a candidate for governor next year.

Filed Under: 2015 Statewide RacesAgriculture CommissionerElections

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