Drew Curtis files for governor’s race, wife for Lt. Governor
The State Journal
Independent gubernatorial candidate Drew Curtis, with more than 8,000 signatures in hand, officially filed for the 2015 governor race Monday with his wife Heather Curtis as his running mate.
Curtis gave a kick-off press conference Monday on the Capitol stairs saying he is confident he can get 20 percent of Kentuckians’ vote in the race for the state house.
Getting more than the required 5,000 signatures to be on the ballot has been the Curtis’ campaign strategy all along so if any signatures are deemed invalid he can still run.
The State Journal was told Curtis has about 10,000 collected signatures.
When asked why he wanted to run for governor, Curtis said because he could fix the problems the state would face in the coming years.
“So far in this campaign, we have heard no actual solutions and very little about Kentucky’s problems,” Curtis said.
“Jack Conway has yet to say no to any question beginning with the words ‘will you fund this’ and Matt Bevin can’t remember what his policy positions are 20 minutes after he says them.”
Curtis pointed out the state’s under-funded pension systems (Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System and Kentucky Employees Retirement System non-hazardous fund) could bankrupt Kentucky by 2018.
Secondly, even though Gov. Steve Beshear announced at Fancy Farm he deposited a budget surplus of $82 million into the state’s rainy day fund, Curtis said there was no surplus, but that the administration “swept it out of the Kentucky employees health insurance. It’s called a fund transfer. Apparently, this is what they do when they can’t figure how to pay for the laws that they pass. That has to do end.”