Ed Marksberry, the Owensboro contractor who had hoped to appear as an independent candidate on this November’s ballot for the Kentucky Senate race, says he will stop trying to collect signatures to that end.
In a written statement, Marksberry says he collected only half of the 5,000 signatures needed to appear on the ballot. He says recent health issues have impeded his efforts to meet an August 12th deadline.
Marksberry says the race between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes lacks a progressive voice. When asked whether he’ll support Grimes, Marksberry told the Herald-Leader, “absolutely not”.