LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The GOP picked up two statewide posts Tuesday night as political newcomer Allison Ball was elected Kentucky's new Treasurer and Ryan Quarles was elected Agriculture Commissioner.

Allison Ball elected Treasurer

Ball said her background as an attorney helping people through bankruptcies has prepared her to be a watchdog of state finances. Ball also wants to be more assertive in a job she says has been underutilized. The incumbent state treasurer, Democrat Todd Hollenbach, is finishing his second term and can't serve again because of term limits. The treasurer balances the state's checkbook, collects and returns unclaimed property and handles other financial duties.

Ryan Quarles elected Agriculture Commissioner

Quarles raised crops on his family's central Kentucky farm to help pay for college, where he studied agricultural economics on his way to becoming a lawyer. The office promotes Kentucky farms and oversees a number of regulatory functions, ranging from the sale of eggs to animal health to making sure gasoline pumps and grocery store scales are accurately calibrated.

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