Fark.com Founder Drew Curtis Enters Ky. Governor’s Race as Independent

KENTUCKY — The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Monday that digital entrepreneur Drew Curtis and his wife, Heather, paid the required fees and submitted enough valid signatures with Kentucky’s secretary of state to appear on the November ballot for governor and lieutenant governor. The husband-wife team is running on an independent ticket.

Drew Curtis is the founder of Fark.com, a news aggregation site that Curtis describes as a combination of Drudge Report and The Daily Show. According to the report, Drew and Heather would not be the first married couple to seek the state’s two highest elective offices.

“Speaking at a news conference in front of the Capitol, Drew Curtis said he and his wife were citizen candidates, not politicians,” the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

“Curtis said he didn’t know from which political party he would draw more votes, but he predicted he would win the race and not be a spoiler. He was a Democrat before changing to an independent last year.”

On the issues, Curtis laid out a few ideas for Kentucky and identified a couple of problems that would need to be addressed:

  • He would consult with his friends in Silicon Valley and try to use his own background and experience to bring broadband Internet access to all parts of Kentucky.
  • He opposes a statewide right-to-work law, but does not have a problem with counties adopting right-to-work ordinances, saying the could be “experiments.”
  • He said the state might have enough money to fund an expanded Medicaid program until 2017, but he was not sure about 2020.
  • He would sign into law a measure allowing the use of recreational marijuana if the legislature approved it.
  • He said county clerks should “do their job” and issue marriage licenses to all couples who qualify for one.

According to the report, Curtis refuses to be labeled a liberal or conservative. Instead, he prefers the term “ultra-pragmatist.” He said he plans to “use a lot of social media” to win the race and he will not take money from special interests.

Photo Credit: drewcurtis.nationbuilder.com