BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- It was a familiar stop for Jean-Marie Lawson Spann today when she stopped at WKU's L.D. Ag Expo Center.
The Bowling Green democrat officially kicked off her candidacy for Agriculture Commissioner, Wednesday in Frankfort.
Today in an exclusive interview, she told us her top issue if elected.
"The top priority, young people, education. As you've seen the Macanich girls. It's great to talk about the Kentucky 4-H, the Kentucky Proud Program, the Kentucky FFA. So, educational opportunities for all of our citizens, especially our Kentucky farm women," said democratic candidate for Ag Commissioner, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann.
Lawson Spann is a graduate of WKU and a radio host of her own Ag Show.
One of her biggest supporters is a well known man in Agriculture, former Ag Commissioner Billy Ray Smith.
"You've got to have great experience and be deeply rooted I think in agriculture. Her family and her background in retail sales and her public relations really qualifies her to touch every facet of agriculture," said former Ag Commissioner Billy Ray Smith.
Lawson Spann is the first person in the race, which she says was a part of her strategy.
"We wanted to get started because we want to do this and I'm excited to have the opportunity to serve. Like I said, I have been preparing for this race and to serve all of Kentucky my entire life," said Lawson Spann.
She said her candidacy didn't depend on whether incumbent Republican Commissioner James Comer runs for re-election or not.
"Like I've said in our announcement tour, I'm not running against anyone. I'm running for the office of Commissioner of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. So, we are excited to be out there visiting with friends across the Commonwealth," said Lawson Spann.
She'll continue those visits in the coming days.
Lawson Spann is trying to make history by becoming the first female Commissioner of Agriculture in Kentucky history.