Drew Curtis clears signature hurdle, will appear on ballot as independent in run for governor

08/10/2015 08:11 PM

Drew Curtis, the Lexington-based founder of Fark.com, has submitted more than 5,000 signatures and qualified for the gubernatorial election.

Curtis and his wife and running mate, Heather Curtis, will join Democratic candidate Jack Conway and running mate Sannie Overly and Republican candidate Matt Bevin and running mate Jenean Hampton on the gubernatorial ballot.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said her office had received Curtis’ petition to join the ballot along with “at least 5,000 signatures, as required by Kentucky law.”

Curtis’ plan for election shirks conventional campaign wisdom by ignoring the party structure and heading out on his own to find and tap politically apathetic registered non-voters in the commonwealth.

“If everybody who ever said, ‘Man, the government sucks and it’s not working for me,’ came out and voted for me, I win in a landslide. … There are enough people out there who are interested in trying something different,” Curtis told Pure Politics in June.

Curtis polled at eight percent support in the latest pre-Fancy Farm Bluegrass Poll. The independent takes votes from both Conway and Bevin with his entrance into the race, according to the survey conducted for The Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader, WHAS-TV and WKYT-TV.

The deadline for independent candidates to file for office is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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