Elections

Libertarian David Patterson files to run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

FRANKFORT — Harrodsburg police officer David Patterson will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot for U.S. Senate in Kentucky as a Libertarian.

Patterson, 43, turned in more than 9,100 signatures Monday to the secretary of state's office in hopes of challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is Kentucky's secretary of state.

At least 5,000 valid signatures of registered voters are needed to get on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Grimes' office took about two hours Monday afternoon to determine that Patterson had provided an adequate number of valid signatures.

The Libertarian Party in Kentucky has about 4,500 members.

Three write-in candidates have also filed for the race, although their names will not appear on the ballot: Mike Maggard of Richmond, Robert Edward Ransdell of Florence and Shawna Sterling of Sharpsburg.

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