WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon September 23, 2013
Democrat Marksberry Plans Independent Run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky
One of the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Kentucky next year plans to change his party registration to run as an Independent.
Ed Marksberry will hold a press conference in Louisville this afternoon to announce his bid as an Independent and why he’s decided to the leave the Democratic party.
In order to appear on the ballot, Marksberry must collect at least 5,000 signatures to submit to the Kentucky Board of Elections by August 2014.
The Owensboro contractor, who lost a 2010 Congressional bid, told cable TV's Pure Politics that he’s also decided to drop his lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party. Marksberry claimed the state party was unfairly and illegally promoting the campaign of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the presumed Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.
As of now, the winner of the Democratic primary will face either Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell or Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.